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Access, Diversity and Inclusion — June 2014

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The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a six-week summer academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students who are interested in a career in medicine or dentistry. The goal of the program is to increase diversity in the medical and dental school applicant pools by enhancing the participants’ academic proficiency in the basic sciences and quantitative topics, and their career development skills. It is a joint program between ADEA and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that is generously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This year the ADEA Access, Diversity and Inclusion (ADEA ADI) portfolio reviewed 175 student-submitted applications for travel support to the 2014 SMDEP scholars. Each year, ADEA ADI administers the Travel Scholarship Program for attendance at the SMDEP. 

Most of the scholars chosen to receive the supporting travel monies in the past wrote heart-warming messages stating how they would never have been able to attend the SMDEP site without the support. One scholar who received a scholarship said, "We are very grateful and have no words to tell you how grateful we are. We are glad to participate in this program and it may not have been possible without all the help we are receiving."

In prior years, there have been a number of travel-supported SMDEP participants that have been accepted into many dental and medical schools, as well as other health professions schools. The travel scholarships are made possible through sustained, generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Scholarship monies will be used to cover travel expenses for SMDEP Scholars to and from the SMDEP site.