Program Contact

Contact: Mary Joshua; Sharon Gordon

Phone Number: (502) 852-5796; (502) 852-6152


Program Information

Location: University of Louisville Schools of Medicine and Dentistry; Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, Louisville, KY


Start/End Dates: TBD

Academic Credit: Yes


The Summer Health Professions Education Program at the University of Louisville introduces prospective professional school scholars to the academic realities and rigors of Health Science Interprofessional Education. Interactions and collaborations between health professionals will be an overarching theme. Our long-standing hallmark activity is a three credit-hour course entitled, “Introduction to Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences”, with tuition paid by the program. Young scholars participating in this course experience a new way of integrating and applying the basic sciences utilizing Interprofessional Team-Based applications. Teams will be eight small clusters of 10 scholars working collaboratively to critically think through health-related, clinical presentations/problems, then presenting their understanding and strategies for treatment/care. Scholars leave the program with a new level of enthusiasm and motivation to do well in the upper-level science courses and increased chances of obtaining their goal of becoming a health care professional. They also leave with an understanding of how the collaboration between various health care areas allow for a longitudinal treatment plan that represents a holistic healthcare approach with long-term patient benefits.

This innovative six-week summer academic enrichment program engages 80 scholars from across the country in Science Academic Enrichment; Health Professions Career Development; Personal Enhancement and Understanding the Valuing SELF & Others; Health Disparity Overview & Discussions; Learning Skills Orientation; Written & Oral Communication Development; Clinical Experience; and Financial Planning Orientation. Scholars will also experience the unique offerings of Louisville including the Kentucky Derby Museum (Churchill Downs), Waterfront Park and the Muhammad Ali Center.

Clinical Experience: In addition to the rigorous academic enrichment, personal development and professional enhancement curriculum, all scholars will have at least four clinical experiences during the six weeks; clinical options include shadowing/observing health professionals at nearby hospitals and clinics, completing patient scenarios at the Standardized Patient Center and Simulation Labs, hands-on experiences in mock pharmacies and compounding labs, and participating in clinically-related case problem solving.


Meals: Three meals per day, Monday-Friday and two meals on Saturday.

Travel Assistance: Partial assistance is available for need-based eligible scholars with a cap of $300 per eligible disadvantaged scholar. Eligibility is determined by supporting documents requested by program site administrative team.

Stipend: Three installments distributed at the end of week 2, week 4, and week 6.




Housing: University of Louisville dormitory. Two students of same gender share dorm room.

Health Insurance: Scholar must have proof of insurance. A short-term Student Health Plan at the University of Louisville can be purchased by the program site for scholars.

Social Activities: Fourth of July picnic, Paint your own Pottery, showcase of talent, networking luncheons, Muhammad Ali Center, and the Kentucky Derby Museum (Churchill Downs).