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SMDEP: University of Louisville Schools of Medicine and Dentistry


Be part of an academic learning community that is at the center of a diverse biomedical research and health care complex in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The University of Louisville's SMDEP offers daily opportunities for rural, minority, and disadvantaged undergraduates to experience the way in which math and science are integrated into medical and dental school studies and careers. This six-week summer residential program offers participants three hours of academic credit along with free housing, meals, a stipend, and limited partial travel assistance.

The core academic activity is a three credit-hour course, Introduction to Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences. Scholars are assigned to one of eight clusters that experience a new way of integrating and applying the basic sciences utilizing team-based medical/dental applications. Team-Based Learning focuses on providing high-quality educational experiences for health sciences students to promote individualized learning within a group and to maximize efficient use of instructional resources. Our professors (content experts) serve as facilitators as class time is shifted from memorizing toward applying and integrating information. Weekly academic themes are reinforced by clinical correlations as dentists and physicians demonstrate the links between basic science understanding and clinical situations. Health Disparities Symposium will raise scholars' awareness of health inequities and health inequalities confronting underserved populations. Classroom activities in our Standardized Patient Center and Simulation Labs provide hands-on learning opportunities. Oral and written communication strategies are emphasized in special instructional sessions and in all classroom and team-based learning activities.

Share a university dorm room with another scholar of the same gender and enjoy meals six days a week at our award-winning University Club. Experience the unique offerings of Louisville as we visit such sites as Kentucky Derby Museum (Churchill Downs), Waterfront Park and the Muhammad Ali Center. Sessions with practicing physicians, dentists, professional school admissions officers and counselors will guide each scholar's creation of a customized academic and career plan. Qualified SMDEP alumni will be given priority in our intense MCAT/DAT prep program, should they decide to submit that application at the time that they are ready to prepare for the professional school entry exam.

Please note: Our MCAT/DAT Program has a separate application which is available through our office.

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
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