Explore the health professions with our free summer program
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer program for students to explore their interests in medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and more. The program takes place at our 12 partner institutions and offers students a chance to develop healthcare skills, plan academic journeys, get clinical exposure, and network.
- Columbia University
- Howard University
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- University of Louisville
- University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- University of Washington
- University of Nebraska
- University of Iowa
- University of Florida
- University of California Los Angeles and Charles R. Drew University
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Western University of Health Sciences
Every November, this free all-day event is a great opportunity to get the scoop from trustworthy sources on how to apply and get into medical school—and how to succeed once you get there. There will be interactive workshops focused on crucial information for high school and college students including the…
Mr. Barca attended SHPEP in 2020 at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is currently a fourth-year biochemistry student at the University of Florida and plans on taking a gap year upon graduating in December 2022. During this time, Mr. Barca plans on working as a clinical research assistant and will be applying to medical school during the 2023 cycle.
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Ms. Awura Ama Afari is MBA graduate from Mercy College. After attending SHPEP in 2017, she completed a bachelor’s degree in health services administration and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare management. Ms. Afari currently works as a project manager at MedRite Urgent Care in New York, NY.
Mr. David Graham participated in SHPEP in 2022 at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. In May of 2024, he will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in cell & molecular biology. Mr. Graham serves as a SHPEP Ambassador, and has also shadowed and worked at the University Hospital Newark and Robert Wood Johnson New Brunswick University Hospital.
Istabraq Musa is a rising junior at Johns Hopkins University. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, with a focus on systems, and preparing to graduate in May. Ms. Musa participated in SHPEP during the summer of 2022, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. When she is not studying for exams or working at the research lab, she loves to cook and spend time with friends and family.