The UCLA SMDEP will serve as a model learning community in which students examine health care issues in medically underserved communities. Through a research project, problem-based learning cases, lectures, clinical experiences, and small-group discussions, students will also improve their learning skills and increase their science knowledge. On completing this six-week program, students will be more aware of the types of health professions needed in medically underserved communities and the educational pathways that lead to those professions.
Targeting educationally and financially disadvantaged community college students, UCLA SMDEP will give students the opportunity to meet and work with other students whose interests in health professions parallel their own. Students will also have the opportunity to work with expert faculty and staff who are eager to mentor students and share knowledge in their individual fields.