Program Contact

Contact: Kiana Fields and Shonna Wagner

Phone Number: (502) 852-5741


Program Information

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


Start/End Dates: June 15, 2020 - July 10, 2020

Academic Credit: No


“Shaping the Future of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy”

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of Louisville, introduces prospective medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy scholars to the academic rigors of health professions education. Scholars will use team-based learning to integrate and apply the basic and social sciences centered on two major themes: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Scholars will work in inter-professional collaborative teams to develop and implement treatment plans with dental/medical/nursing/pharmacy applications. Major program emphasis focuses on personal and professional development, including study strategies, career planning, and clinical exposure to the health professions. Concepts of health policy and equity will be interwoven throughout the academic core with experiential health policy components. Scholars will leave the program with a clear understanding of the admissions process, a better understanding of health policy and a new level of enthusiasm and motivation to do well in the upper-level science courses, and in doing so increasing their chances of obtaining their goal of becoming a health care professional.

This innovative six-week summer academic enrichment program engages 80 scholars from across the country in Science Academic Enrichment; Medical, Nursing, Dental and Pharmacy Career Development; Personal Development; Health Equity and Health Policy; Learning Skills Orientation; Written & Oral Communication Development; Clinical Experience; and Financial Planning Orientation.

Clinical Experience: Three clinical experiences for each scholar; clinical options include: shadowing/observing health professionals at nearby hospitals and clinics, completing patient scenarios at the Standardized Patient Center and Simulation Labs, and participating in clinically-related case problem solving.

Clinical Experience:


Meals: At least two meals per day, Monday-Friday

Travel Assistance: Need based with cap of $300/eligible disadvantaged scholar. To apply to be considered for partial assistance, scholar must live more than 300 miles from SHPEP site for air travel assistance and more than 100 miles away for partial reimbursement of car or bus travel.

Stipend: 3 installments as follows:  by end of week 2; by end of week 4; at end of week 6.




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

Health Insurance: Scholar must have proof of insurance, or purchase short-term Student Health plan available at U of L.

Social Activities: 4th of July picnic, networking meals, and the Muhammad Ali Center.