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Preprofessional Opportunities

SMDEP: The University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Dentistry


Category: Summer
Type: Dental
Location: Seattle Washington
Deadline: Early March


Dan Olson

University of Washington
School of Medicine
Office of Multicultural Affairs
HSC T-545, Box 357430
Seattle, WA 98195-7430



* Be in your freshman or Sophomore year. * Demonstrate a serious interest in medicine/dentistry. * Be from one of the following underrepresented/ underserved groups: o African American o American Indian / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian o All Hispanic groups: + Mexican American + Mainland Puerto Rican + Commonwealth Peurto Rican + Other Hispanic o Disadvantaged / Underserved of any background. * U.S. citizenship or permanent resident. * Students accepted into this program will be limited to one summer of participation. * Each SMDEP site makes its own selections and have flexibility to respond to individual applicants and local needs on a case-by-case basis.


The University of Washington School of Medicine's Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to the promotion of diversity within health care. In pursuit of these goals, we are dedicated to supporting the academic and professional success of students who are underrepresented in medicine, including those who have demonstrated a commitment to working with underserved populations; serving the health care needs of unserved and underserved communities by promoting an academic and clinical training environment that is diverse, collaborative, and supportive; enriching the academic and clinical training environment of the School of Medicine by actively promoting a diverse faculty and student body that, in turn, will better prepare medical students and residents to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse society; and endorsing the attributes of diversity and promoting training in cultural sensitivity among medical students, residents, and faculty in caring for all patients irrespective of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

The mission of the University of Washington School of Dentistry (SOD), through education, research, and service programs, is to prepare students to be competent oral health care professionals. In pursuit of this goal, the SOD strives to improve the health and well-being of the people in the region through outreach programs that are especially attentive to minority and underserved populations and values diversity in its students, staff, faculty, and patient populations.


  • Meals: 3 meals per day, 6 days a week; 2 meals on Sunday.

  • Travel Assistance: Air travel paid; car travel from more than 50 miles from Seattle, reimbursed after the completion of the program.

  • Stipend: Distributed in 2 installments (weeks 1 and 3).


  • Housing: University of Washington dorm.

  • Health Insurance: Not provided; students must have insurance or purchase access to Hall Health Center.

  • Social Activities: Recreational activities within and outside Seattle (e.g., Mount Rainier day trip).