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Preprofessional Opportunities

SMDEP: Howard University Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Dentistry and Medicine


Category: Summer
Type: Dental
Location: Washington DC Washington D.C.
Deadline: Early March


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.


The mission of the Howard University SMDEP is to provide an educational experience of exceptional quality that will strengthen the overall academic preparation of underrepresented minority, disadvantaged, and low-income students who express interest in admission to medical or dental school.

SMDEP strives to enhance the university's ability to contribute well-qualified, socially conscious medical and dental school candidates committed to improving the health and quality of life for all communities throughout this nation and the world, especially those communities underserved by the health professions.