Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

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Summer Medical and Dental Education Program



Consider the UVA SMDEP!

May 30, 2015 - July 11, 2015

Since 1984, the University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVASOM) has had a solid record of operating an academic enrichment program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The increased representation of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds in medicine is of vital importance to UVASOM and is in consonance with its mission to improve the health of the people of Virginia in particular and the nation as a whole, through education, health care, and research. In 1988, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation co-sponsored a grant together with UVASOM to continue in this effort as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP). UVA’s SMDEP program has since become one of the nation’s leading medical school preparatory programs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds Please explore this site to find testimonials and success stories of our esteemed alumni.


SMDEP Mission and Goals

  • Expose students to the “real world of medicine” through a clinical medicine lecture series on cutting edge topics in health including: stem-cell research, telemedicine, bioethics, nanotechnology, bioterriosm, and global health.
  • Expose students to the role of physicians in promoting good health, the fact and fiction surrounding addiction, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS, cancer-current status and future prospects as well as challenges and rewards of a career in medicine and dentistry, medicine and biomedical careers.
  • Expose students to health disparities in the underserved population.
  • Expose students to introduction to obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, emergency medicine, radiation oncology, endocrinology and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Provide extensive opportunities for interaction with physicians via a series entitled "Where Doctor's Work". In this series, students visit clinical settings such as the autopsy department, radiology department, cardiology clinic, an assisted living facility, the primary care clinic, internal medicine primary care clinic, and a state-of-the art Simulation Center.
  • Provide mentoring by eminent physicians and dentists.
  • Provide academic enrichment involving the application of biology, chemistry, physics, and quantitative techniques to medicine, as well as enhancing students’ problem-solving, writing, reading comprehension, and other communication skills.
  • Provide one on one personal counseling session where students are assisted in developing a career development program directed toward exploration of the medical and dental professions as well as an individualized education plan that includes identification of other appropriate future development experiences.
  • Provide do's and don'ts of medical school admissions process, simulated medical school interviews, and assistance in development of a personal statement.
  • Provide workshops opportunity on financial planning, learning skills, test taking, time management, and stress management.
  • Participation opportunity in a medical school recruitment fair during which representatives from several other medical schools meet with the participants to describe their schools' admission criteria, programs, support services and offer other information about their schools.