Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free, six-week summer academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students interested in careers in dentistry and medicine.

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A Mathematica Policy Research report published in 2015 found that SMDEP dental scholars are roughly three times as likely to apply to dental school as their peers in a comparison group, and are nearly twice as likely to be accepted.

Students who participate in SMDEP gain the skills and experience needed for success in dentistry and medicine by:

  • Deepening their understanding of the basic sciences and quantitative topics.
  • Developing study skills and practicing methods of individual and group learning.
  • Participating in small-group clinical rotations and full-group clinician seminars.
  • Exploring medical and dental careers, and other health professions.
  • Attending financial planning workshops and health policy seminars.

SMDEP is a collaboration between ADEA and the Association of American Medical Colleges, and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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In 2014, SMDEP celebrated 25 years of giving young adults the opportunity to chase their dreams of making a difference.

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