SHPEP offers students a variety of academic and career experiences.

  • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics
  • Learning – and study skills development – including methods of individual and group learning
  • Clinical exposure through small-group clinical rotations in health care settings, simulation experiences, and seminars. This is limited to 55 of program time for all the sites.
  • Career development sessions directed toward exploration of the health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan.
  • A financial literacy and planning workshop that informs students of financial concepts and strategies.
  • A health policy seminar series to expose scholars to a larger view of health care, health systems, and the social determinants of health.
  • An introduction to interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions.

The national program office (NPO), jointly administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), provides direction and technical assistance to the program sites, and works closely with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that provides the program’s financial support.