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Data Trends Showcase Success of SMDEP at 2017 SHPEP Grantee Meeting

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The annual Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) National Grantee Meeting was held Dec. 6–8, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. The Grantee Meeting brought together the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), SHPEP National Program Office (NPO), and 13 program sites to support the strategic planning and implementation of SHPEP. This year’s meeting focused on:

  • Exploring exemplary practices to advance diversity in the health professions pathways.
  • Reviewing key policies and procedures to ensure successful SHPEP planning and implementation.
  • Discussing and examining national and site interprofessional education efforts.
  • Integrating wellness in the development of future health care professionals.
  • Sharing and discussing SMDEP and SHPEP data trends.
  • Engaging with aspiring health professions students in Phoenix at a RWFJ/NPO-sponsored recruitment fair.

Formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), SHPEP expanded in 2016 to include other health professions in addition to medicine and dentistry. ADEA became part of SMDEP in 2006 when predental students were added to the program. Like the SMDEP, SHPEP targets underrepresented and disadvantaged students, and students interested in reducing health disparities, for a six-week summer academic enrichment program. Trends show that from 2006 to 2015, 64.4% of SMDEP predental participants applied to dental school, and 69.8% of these applicants were accepted to dental school and matriculated (Table 1). As of 2015, 495 SMDEP dental school matriculants, or 60%, have graduated from dental school, thereby maximizing care to communities who might not otherwise receive care.

SMDEP Table 1

SHPEP applications for summer 2018 opened Dec. 1, 2017, and the application deadline is Feb. 15, 2018. Applicants can apply online.

Published on January 10, 2018

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