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Case Western Reserve University - Summer Medical Dental Education Program


The goal of the Case Western Reserve University SMDEP is to identify, recruit, and assist in preparing as many highly talented, committed, and hard-working minority and economically disadvantaged students as possible for careers in dentistry and medicine. We hope to imbue our students with the confidence and skills necessary to allow them to return to school better prepared to perform well in more rigorous basic science and math classes.

We will accomplish our goal by providing participants with many of the basic ingredients necessary to be successful as dental and medical students and later as professionals, including:

  • an introduction to the fundamentals of biological and physical sciences
  • a love (or renewed love) of reading
  • strategies for learning and acquiring information and knowledge
  • an acquaintance with the ins and outs of applying to dental and medical school

Our goal is not only to assist participants in getting admitted to dental and medical schools, but also to assist them in acquiring the skills, habits, and work ethic necessary to do well later in life. Students will receive limited clinical exposure.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a FREE (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation

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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