Tips and Tools for Up and Coming SHPEP Ambassadors
A Great Way to Help Build Your Resume
Becoming a SHPEP Ambassador offers valuable resume building experiences and professional development opportunities such as public speaking and networking. All ambassadors who successfully meet the expectations of the program will receive a certificate of service and a letter of reference from the National Program Office. The top three ambassadors who recruit the most students for the application year will be given a financial award to offset the costs related to a health professions conference, preparation courses for graduate exams or other school-related expenses.
We value our alumni and hope that you will apply to become a program ambassador. Read below for tips and tools from two of the top 2018 recruiters.
Carl Hughes, SHPEP Ambassador
“My experience as an SHPEP Ambassador was extremely rewarding. After my life- changing experience with SMDEP in the Summer of 2016 at Howard University, I was inspired and excited to conquer my journey to becoming an Oncologist, as well as aid others in their professional journey.
As an SHPEP ambassador, I wanted to reach as many students at my university as possible. The University of Central Florida is the largest student body university in the country with over 1,000 Registered Student Organizations, and I visited several of those organization’s general body meetings to speak about SHPEP. Before going to each general body meeting, I made sure to speak to the organization’s president, so I didn’t interfere. Every President I reached out to was more than happy to let me come speak and usually gave me about 3 to 5 minutes before or after the meetings to speak. During each visit, I spoke about my experience in the program socially and academically. I pointed out how I made life-long connections that continue helping me to this day with my medical endeavors as well as general things. I also emphasized all the resources I was introduced to, as well as all the information that was eye-opening and taught me about the several paths that can be taken towards medical school. When I came back to my university after 6 weeks at Howard, I realized a lot of students didn’t know all the things I learned in SMDEP and I wanted to share that knowledge.
At the end of every presentation, I offered an SHPEP promotional item to the first person to visit my table and usually it would result in a line of students. I gave every student a SHPEP flyer and attached a sticky note with my email and cell phone number in case they had any questions and needed any help with the application. I also tabled at events hosted by the university that a lot of students usually attended. One event I table for, was the Black Student Union Convocation. At this event there were several organizations tabling. Every student that came up to my table, I told them about how beneficial SMDEP was for me and how it could also benefit them. In total I visited over 10 general body meetings and tabling events.
The students that were extremely interested took it upon themselves to contact me directly, and I helped them in any way I could. Whether it was proof-reading their essay or critiquing their resume. Overall, serving as a SHPEP ambassador was a rewarding experience and I’m glad I had an opportunity to give back to a program that has done so much for me.”
Lorenzo Sanchez, SHPEP Ambassador
“As a top recruiter and three-time ambassador, my biggest piece of advice is to advertise SHPEP like you’re marketing a product. Seize every opportunity you have to talk about it. Mention it in conversations with strangers like it’s the golden ticket to a world of opportunity. Talk about why applying to this program is worthwhile and how it made an impact on your life. By casually doing all these things, in addition to holding info sessions, word of it will spread like a wild fire, and you’ll collect new recruits on a daily basis. It’s all the little things you do that make the biggest impact.”