Program Contact

Contact: Dolores Anthony

Phone Number: (973) 972-3280


Program Information

Location: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


Start/End Dates: July 6, 2020- July 31, 2020

Academic Credit: Yes


This innovative program will cultivate the interprofessional leaders of tomorrow who 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 collectively 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.

6) All participants will develop and implement a realistic academic plan that encompasses self-care, resilience and reflective skills required of a lifelong learners and future leaders.

7) Through an interprofessional learning environment, scholars will utilize their knowledge, skills and attitudes to augment and support the contributions of their peers.

The curriculum incorporates interprofessional education competencies and leadership as foundational elements which are 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 large and small group interactive sessions, team-based learning (TBL) and case-based discussions. Scholars will learn about, from, and with each other in simulations and clinical experiences that enable effective collaborations and improve health outcomes.

Based on a review of the transcripts, scholars may be placed into one or two groups. Group I includes: Organic Biochemistry, Physics/ Calculus, Biochemistry and Biostatistics; Group II includes:  integrated Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Biochemistry and Biostatistics. All scholars are required to take academic skills and communication courses. 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 include presentations by the various health care professionals such as alumni and transplant and palliative care teams that are models for interprofessional collaborative care. For credit options are available.

Other program related activities include course reviews by teaching assistants, stress management, self-care and wellness, networking social activities and a financial literacy and planning workshop. Scholars acquire skills in active learning through problem-solving and self-assessment needed for lifelong learning.

Clinical Experience: All scholars are exposed to all of the targeted disciplines through a combination of patient experience and simulation-based learning. All scholars engage in an interprofessional simulation based education experience “A Day in the Life of a Health Professional,” at our Rutgers School of Nursing simulation center where they rotate through stations on vital signs, effective team communication, a newborn delivery and a mock code. Other key activities include clinical exposure with an emphasis on settings that are models of interprofessional care.


Meals: $300 stipend will be issued to cover breakfast and lunch.  Dinner is Monday through Friday in Robeson Hall located on the Rutgers Newark undergraduate campus near housing.

Travel Assistance: Scholars traveling by air will be reimbursed up to $450/per scholar.  Scholars traveling more than 150 miles by car/public transportation will be reimbursed up to $250/per scholar using the current federal government rate of .55/mile. 

Stipend: A $600 stipend per scholar will be distributed in three installments.  Scholars will also receive a $300 stipend to cover breakfast and lunch for the 6 week period. 


Housing: Rutgers University Square Apartments, 155 university Avenue, Newark, NJ Rutgers.

Health Insurance: All scholars are required to provide their health insurance card. In the event of an emergency, or should a scholar become ill, Rutgers will provides health services either through the emergency department or Fast Track.

Social Activities: Scholars will be provided with information regarding many of the free social activities in the downtown Newark area, participate in volley ball games as well as other social activities including a cook-out at NJMS.