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SMDEP: UMDNJ New Jersey Medical and New Jersey Dental Schools

New Jersey

UMDNJ's SMDEP serves to advance our institution's core mission of meeting society's current and future health care needs by preparing individuals underrepresented in medicine and dentistry, and doing so while championing cultural competency and humanism in all aspects of education. SMDEP reaffirms our continued commitment to and involvement in pipeline initiatives and will allow our two institutions to attain even greater diversity. SMDEP will also allow us to continue strengthening the academic portfolios of these college students so that they are competitive candidates for medicine and dentistry.


  • Meals: Stipend provided for breakfast and lunch; during the evenings and weekends, dinner/brunch will be provided in Robeson Hall, at Rutgers University-Newark.

  • Travel Assistance: Not provided.

  • Stipend: Students will receive their stipend during week 3 of the program.


  • Housing: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is the official site for housing the SMDEP scholars.

  • Health Insurance: Not provided; however, scholars are required to bring with them their insurance cards in the event they require medical attention.

  • Social Activities: Various student activities (e.g., cookout and welcoming party, open mic night, Swim and Serve Pool Party/Walleyball Tournament) and visits to local attractions such as Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.

To be eligible for SMDEP, an applicant must: * be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college; * have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5; * be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa; and * not have previously participated in SMDEP. Other factors considered in the admissions process include whether an applicant: * identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and/or dentistry (as defined independently by each program site); * comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; * has demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations; and * submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation. Each SMDEP site makes its admissions decisions on a "first come, first served" basis, therefore applying as early as possible increases your chance of being selected at your designated program site(s). Students should contact their school's health professions advisor or career counselor for advice on choosing which summer to apply to SMDEP and for other information about a career in the health professions.
6 weeks
Early March
Contact Information
Contact Person: 
Dolores Anthony-Leslie