Contact: LaKaija Johnson, MPH, MPS
Phone Number: (402) 559-5932
Location: UNMC Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, and Allied Health Professions (Physician Assistant), Omaha, Nebraska
Start/End Dates: TBD
Academic Credit: No
UNMC’s mission is to lead the world in transforming lives to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities through premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care. UNMC is committed to including racial, ethnic, gender, and rural/urban diversity. As the only publicly supported academic health science center in the state, University of Nebraska Medical Center has Colleges of Medicine (COM), Dentistry (COD), Nursing (CON), Pharmacy (COP), Allied Health Professionals (CAHP) and Public Health (COPH), as well as a Graduate Studies Program.
Our six-week SHPEP provides scholars with an interest in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, or Physician’s Assistant Studies with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. Multiple career development sessions intentionally distributed across all of the represented disciplines will be used to direct scholars towards exploration of various health professions, the admission process and individualized education plans.
Academic enrichment courses are taught by faculty from UNMC, UNO and from other area colleges, universities, and healthcare facilities. Lectures are supplemented with small-group interactive learning discussions led by UNMC first year students. The Financial Planning Seminar for scholars affords participation in seminars designed to prepare, inform, and guide scholars in financial planning for their educational expenses. The seminar presents scholars with tools useful throughout their higher learning educational experience and beyond.
Clinical Experience: UNMC's academic enrichment curriculum consists of basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. Academic enrichment courses are taught by faculty from UNMC, UNO and from other area colleges, universities, and healthcare facilities. Lectures are supplemented with small-group interactive learning discussions led by UNMC medical scholars. Scholars are provided opportunities to shadow healthcare providers in an array of settings at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine, local agencies, clinics and hospitals in the metropolitan area. Service learning activities that are pivotal in improving the living conditions and quality of life for the underprivileged in the community are integrated within the third and fourth week of the program. Monday through Thursday classes meet on the UNMC Campus in Omaha in the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education. Focused dental activities take place at the UNMC College of Dentistry in Lincoln (50 miles southwest of Omaha) on Fridays, while all other scholars remain in Omaha for anatomy, clinic and/or clinical lab experiences.
Meals: SHPEP scholars are provided three meals a day, Monday through Friday. Breakfast and an evening meal are at Scott Residence Hall and for lunch, scholars are provided with meal tickets redeemable at the cafes on campus. On weekend days, SHPEP scholars are provided brunch and an evening meal. A vegetarian selection is available at each meal. Other dietary needs can be accommodated upon request.
Travel Assistance: Scholars are given a travel stipend to assist with the cost of travel to/from Omaha. The travel stipend provides for round-trip coach airfare paid up to $500 or car travel up to $500 for those traveling more than 50 miles to Omaha. Upon arrival to and departure from Omaha we provide free shuttle service to and from the airport.
Stipend: The UNMC SHPEP program will provide a $600 stipend. A $200 stipend will be distributed in three installments ($200 at the end of the first week, $200 at the end of the third week, and $200 at the end of the sixth week).
Housing: The University of Nebraska at Omaha is located in the heart of Omaha. SHPEP scholars at UNMC reside in Scott Residence Hall located on the UNO campus. Scott Hall dedicates two floors to SHPEP residents; all rooms are suites that contain a shower, a vanity with double sink, and a twin-sized bed, bureau, desk, and chair for each occupant (4) in a private bedroom within the suite. A common living area with a sink, microwave oven, and refrigerator as well as love seat and chair is also part of each suite. The 4 occupants share toilet facilities. Linen and towel service is provided to SMDEP scholars by Scott Residence Hall. SHPEP scholars have unlimited access to lounges on each SHPEP floor, a fitness room, study rooms, game room, theater room, and coin-operated laundry facilities within the building. Movie rentals, cooking facilities, and other amenities are also available. Seven first year UNMC medical scholars serve as resident assistants and live in the residence halls with SHPEP scholars.
Additional recreational opportunities afforded at Scott Residence Hall are;
- Full-court basketball, sand volleyball court and space for touch football and Frisbee
- Shuttle every several minutes to UNO’s North Campus HYPER Building/Wellness Center with the following amenities;
(a 240,000 square foot facility with equipment check out for the activities listed)
- Climbing Wall
- 2 Double Gymnasiums (East & West)
- Elevated Jogging Track
- Fitness Areas (North & South)
- Golf & Archery Lab
- MAC Court
- Spinning Room
- Racquetball/Squash Courts
Health Insurance: Scholars must provide their own insurance, however, assistance will be offered by UNMC SHPEP for those who cannot provide it.
Social Activities: Each year we hold a Welcome Barbeque the Sunday evening before the program begins. This gives scholars, SHPEP faculty and staff, and UNMC faculty an opportunity to get acquainted. We also have a 4th of July cookout, a scholar talent show, as well as a banquet and dance at the end of the program. A unique feature of Omaha is that the scholars can attend both the opening ceremonies and one of the games of the NCAA Men’s College World Series (baseball). Scholars will be provided backstage experiences to meet keepers and explore the medical research done at Omaha’s world renowned Henry Doorly Zoo, with America’s largest indoor rainforest.
Additionally, throughout the program, scholars have numerous opportunities to attend other events and attractions in the Omaha area, including but not limited to:
- Touring the University of Nebraska Memorial Stadium
- Nebraska Wind Symphony
- Summer Arts Festival
- Omaha Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival
- Mahoney State Park
- Joslyn Art Museum
- Rose Theater
- Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare on the Green
- Old Market (dining and shopping)
- Aksarben Summer concerts
- City fireworks Celebration – 4th of July