Program Contact

Contact: Dolores Anthony

Phone Number: (973) 972-3762


Program Information

Location: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


Start/End Dates: TBD

Academic Credit: No


This innovative program will cultivate the successful interprofessional leaders of tomorrow who will have the knowledge, skills and attitude to impact the health and healthcare of our communities. The Summer Health Professions Education Program encompasses Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing and Ernest Mario School Pharmacy that offer programs beginning in 6th grade, fostering diversity in the health professions. Our goal is to prepare SHPEP scholars as future healthcare leaders that can work in interprofessional, collaborative teams to maximize the health and well-being of individuals, communities and populations. By the end of the six weeks, scholars will be able to: 1) respect the unique culture, values, roles/responsibilities, and expertise of other scholars as well as diverse health professionals, 2) embrace the cultural diversity and differences that characterize individuals, populations, and the healthcare team, 3) demonstrate a commitment to advocacy and service as a means of addressing the social determinants of health and recognize the importance of health care policy and community partnerships on population health, 4) apply effective interprofessional team building skills through the use of multimodal experiential learning strategies, such as simulation-based activities, role playing and service learning opportunities and 5) integrate knowledge from the basic and quantitative sciences to build the foundation for critical thinking and academic success in the health professions.

The curriculum will incorporate interprofessional education competencies and leadership as foundational elements threaded throughout all courses and experiences. A typical week will include team building exercises, simulation/ roleplaying, basic science and quantitative courses, wellness activities, academic strategies, leadership development and clinical experiences. Underlying these activities are Critical Analysis/Reasoning and Life Management Skills that will increase resilience, confidence, and engagement in work. Teaching/Learning Modalities have incorporated e-learning, large group and small group interactive sessions, team based learning (TBL), case-based discussions, tutorials, and labs. Scholars will learn about, from, and with each other in simulations and clinical experiences that enable effective collaborations and improve health outcomes. Courses include: Organic Biochemistry, Physics/ Calculus, Anatomy and Physiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics and Biostatistics. Health Equity, Social Justice and Health Policy Course is a key foundational interprofessional course that will inspire and mentor future social justice champions and leaders in modern clinical services and health equity research. Emerging Issues in Healthcare/Alumni Speakers will include presentations by the transplant and palliative care teams which are models for interprofessional collaborative care. For credit options for select courses are being explored.

Other program related activities: include course reviews by teaching assistants, library skills, stress management focusing on self-care and wellness, networking social activities and financial literacy and planning workshop. Scholars will also participate in the Building Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) program which is being tailored for undergraduates and expanded to be interprofessional in scope. This one day intensive conference includes leadership development, mentoring, and scholarship as core components underscoring the importance a diverse academic workforce has on achieving health equity.

Clinical Experience: Key activities include Career Development Sessions and Clinical Exposure with an emphasis on settings that are models of interprofessional care such as the FOCUS Community Health Center which is a nurse managed interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP), a newly funded 330-grantee, and a federally qualified health center (FQHC) established through a partnership with the School of Nursing (RSN) and the FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development. The IPCP model includes faculty from RSN, NJMS, School of Social Work, EMSOP and School of Health Related Professions’ Physician Assistant and Respiratory Therapy programs. In addition, EMSOP has created unique practice models in emerging areas of pharmacy practice such as transitions of care, ambulatory care, and integrated health homes.


Meals: $300 stipend to cover breakfast and lunch; dinner provided at Rutgers University, Newark seven days a week fully subsidized by the program.

Travel Assistance: Scholars will be eligible for travel assistance.

Stipend: A $600 stipend per scholar will be distributed in three installments during weeks 2, 4, and 6.



Housing: Rutgers University Square Apartments, Newark, NJ

Rutgers University Square Apartments, Newark, NJ

Health Insurance: Scholars are required to provide their own health insurance. We will provide emergency health care services either through the emergency department or our walk-in clinic.

Social Activities: Scholars will be provided with information regarding the many free social activities in the downtown Newark area, go to a theme park, participate in volley ball games and attend a cook-out at NJMS.