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.