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Dental Opportunities for Pre-Health Students

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Description: SHPEP is a free academic enrichment program offered at 13 universities.  Each institution provides students with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. Program sites vary on how they deliver each of these required components and their program start date.

Eligibility: To be eligible for SHPEP, 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, or granted DACA; identify with a group underrepresented in the health professions; and not have participated in SHPEP previously.  

Duration: 6 weeks
Deadline: March 1

Phone: (877) 310-6637




University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, CT

Description: Medical/Dental Preparatory Program (MDPP) is designed in two tracks. Track one is for students who will be taking the August MCAT or DAT. The program will focus on test preparation. Track two is designed for all other students and consists of basic medical sciences course emphasizing essential principles of cell and molecular biology correlated to problem based learning case studies. There is a $1000 stipend; room and board is also provided.

Eligibility: Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors, or recent graduates of pre-professional schools who have traditionally been underrepresented in the health professions. Applicants should have completed some college coursework in biology and chemistry (preferably through organic chemistry). Previous laboratory experience is desirable.

Duration: 6 weeks
Deadline: February 8

Contact: Jan Figueroa
Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, Connecticut 06030-3920

Phone: (860) 679-3483

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Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL

Description: Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP) is designed as a laboratory experience, also including MCAT/DAT/GRE preparation and counseling.

Eligibility: US citizens or permanent residents from under-represented minority groups with at least one completed year of college, and a GPA of 2.5 overall are invited to apply. Preference will be given to Illinois residents.

Duration: 7 weeks

Contact: 3424 S. State Street
4th Floor
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 567-3468


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University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Ann Arbor, MI

Description: The Student Research Program (SRP) is designed to provide a rewarding research experience for DDS and Dental Hygiene candidates. This experience will provide an insider's perspective on research so that you can more fully appreciate the scientific and technological advances that influence the dental profession. The SRP is a competitive research fellowship. If accepted into the program, participants are provided with a stipend for the summer as well as a modest budget for materials. In the SRP, you will have the opportunity to: - conduct research with a faculty member and research team, examine scientific literature and its relevance to dentistry, present your findings at local, as well as possibly national and international, scientific meetings, develop skills that will assist you later, regardless of whether you choose a career of clinical or academic dentistry and co-author a publication if appropriate.

Contact: Univ of Michigan School of Dentistry
1011 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 763-4258

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New Jersey

Gateway to Dentistry, New Jersey Dental School
Newark, NJ

Description: The Gateway to Dentistry program is designed to introduce under graduate students to the wide range of career options associated with the Dental Profession. UMDNJ - New Jersey Dental School offers all prospective applicants challenging and informative hands on dental experience. This is an intensive internship based at the New Jersey Dental School in Newark, New Jersey.

Duration: 2 weeks, multiple time a year
Deadline: varies, see website

Eligibility: Be in good academic standing; currently enrolled in or recently graduated from college; have completed at least one semester of college and taken some science courses; in-state and out-of-state residents are eligible to apply. Students who have participated in the articulated BS/DMD program or who have been accepted to NJDS are not eligible to participate in the Gateway to Dentistry Program

Contact: Maritza Camacho, Program Assistant:
Phone: (973) 972-1645,
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North Carolina

University of North Carolina School of Medicine Medical Education Development Program
Chapel Hill, NC

Description: The MED Program provides a demanding academic core on the level of beginning medical/dental studies in Gross Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Microbiology/Immunology and Clinical Biochemistry. It also may include a special dental theory and technique course for pre-dental students as well as individualized work in learning, study, reading and test-taking skills. Seminars, workshops, pre-professional counseling and orientation to the medical and dental school environment will also be provided.

Eligibility: Criteria for selection are based on a number of factors including 1) showing educational promise and a strong commitment to a health career but lack of past opportunities (educational, social and economic) that may place a student from a nontraditional background at a disadvantage in seeking admission and successfully entering medical or dental school. 2) Must have completed at least 3 years of college coursework including Organic Chemistry.

Duration: 8-9 weeks
Deadline: February 15

Contact: UNC-CH School of Medicine
Office of Educational Development - Special Programs
CB # 7530, 322 MacNider Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7530

Phone: (919) 966-7673



The Robert Schattner Center University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Description: Introduction to Dentistry Summer Course offers a unique opportunity to explore the art and craft of dentistry - the hands-on skills needed to drill a tooth or place a restoration, which are such fundamental parts of dental education and professional practice.


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Baylor College of Dentistry
Dallas, TX

Description: Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program provides college students with an opportunity to prepare successfully for the DAT, strengthen their science background, and broaden their interest in biomedical/clinical sciences. The curriculum consists of five core courses designed to augment the student’s knowledge base for taking the DAT, and workshops such as diversity training, mock admissions interviews, extramural rotations, and interacting with mentors including dental students, faculty and staff. Housing and a stipend of $2240 is provided.

Eligibility: US citizens/permanent residents that have completed 60 hours of college with a GPA of 2.75 or above by the end of spring semester. 24 semester hours of science (8 hrs of general chemistry, 8 hrs of biology, and 8 hrs of organic chemistry) must also be completed.

Duration: 8 weeks
Deadline: Postmark January 31

Contact: Ms. Janie Villarreal
Summer Pre-Dental Enrichment Program
Baylor College of Dentistry
Office of Student Development, P.O. Box 660677
Dallas, TX 75266-0677

Phone: (214) 828-8385

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Preprofessional Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-6378

Fax: 212-854-2562

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours
3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.