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Preprofessional Opportunities

SMDEP: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry


Category: Summer
Type: Dental
Location: Omaha Nebraska
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.


SMDEP at UNMC is designed to identify, recruit, and assist future dentists and doctors through a comprehensive six-week summer experience for talented freshman and sophomores. The overall goal of the program is to provide each scholar the navigation tools necessary to reach their current and future goals.

UNMC's primary focus on core academics is a springboard for students in their pursuit of a career as a physician or dentist. What makes this program unique is its emphasis on small-group learning. Instruction includes areas, such as health disparities, medical ethics, and public health. Various clinical shadowing experiences will help students build a strong foundation in their chosen discipline as well as potentially spark new passions in the medical and dentistry field. Scholars not only gain insight but also get the opportunity to practice important principles, which are essential to applying to medical and dental school.


  • Meals: Monday-Friday - breakfast, lunch and dinner; brunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Travel Assistance: Up to $270 for students traveling more than 50 miles from Omaha, mailed at the end of the program, after completing a travel reimbursement form.

  • Stipend: Disbursed in 3 installments (at the end of weeks 1, 3, and upon completion of the program).


  • Housing: Scott Residence Hall on UNO South Campus in suite-style dorms.

  • Health Insurance: ALL scholars are required to submit proof of insurance; if you do not have insurance, you may purchase student insurance through UNMC for the summer; limited health services are provided for all participants through UNMC Student Health free of charge.

  • Social Activities: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, College World Series Opening Ceremony and a game, "family" activities, and a variety of other cultural events. Also, visits to the Old Market for good food and shopping.