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SMDEP: Yale University School of Medicine

New Haven

he Yale SMDEP is an intensive six-week summer program for highly motivated college students who are considering a career in medicine. The Yale SMDEP has five primary objectives:

  • Expose students to a problem-based learning model of science education that is similar to that used in medical school
  • Offer students workshops/seminars that will improve reading and writing skills, including developing a personal statement for applying to medical school
  • Provide a clinical-exposure experience that gives students an opportunity to develop an understanding of the doctor-patient relationship
  • Provide practical and detailed advice/guidance about the medical school application process, including financial aid and financing a medical school education
  • Provide students with an understanding of the breadth of career opportunities available in medicine through a series of lectures by Yale faculty from the clinical and basic science departments.

Through a variety of formal and informal activities, social gatherings, and individual meetings with program directors, students have numerous opportunities to discuss their career interests with Yale students, faculty, and administrators. These discussions occur both in groups and in one-on-one sessions. The program strives to enhance every student's opportunity for success and, at the same time, to demonstrate the rewards of dedication, hard work, and perseverance.

Yale SMDEP is more than just six weeks of hard work to prepare for medical school. Students also have an opportunity to work together, share experiences and aspirations, and simply enjoy each other's friendship and support. SMDEP students create a new network of relationships and enjoy special experiences that are remembered and valued for years.


  • Meals: 3 meals per day, 7 days a week.

  • Travel Assistance: $100 travel stipend for all students.

  • Stipend: Distributed in 3 installments; the beginning (after week one), middle, and the end of the program.


  • Housing: Yale Medical School student dormitory. Most (not all) participants will be assigned to single rooms. All floors are co-ed with the exception of one all female and one male floor.

  • Health Insurance: The program will provide limited coverage at University Health Services for participants who do not have their own insurance. Students with medical insurance must bring a copy of their medical card to the program.

  • Social Activities: Trips to malls and amusement parks and socials mixers (e.g., cookouts, skating parties, cultural celebrations, talent show, and movie nights).
6 weeks
Early March
Contact Information
Contact Person: 
Linda V. Jackson

Ms. Linda Jackson
Yale SMDEP Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 208036
New Haven, CT 06520-8036