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.




Program Launched


Scholars Accepted


04/01/2023 12:00am

Rubens J. Pamies, MD, Opportunity Fund Scholarship Application Open

The Rubens J. Pamies, MD, Opportunity Fund Scholarship Application opens Saturday, April 1, 2023.

Our Alumni

  • Asha Morrow, MD

    Dr. Asha Morrow attended SMDEP in 2007 at Columbia University. She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 2013, and now lives in Houston, Texas, where she is a pediatric emergency physician.

  • Omar Alzeir

    Mr. Alzier is a pre-medical student and earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 2021. He participated in SHPEP at the University of California Los Angeles and Charles R. Drew University in 2020. He is currently a SHPEP ambassador and a member of the SHPEP Engaging Men Committee.

  • Johnsean Ramos

    Mr. Ramos participated in SHPEP in 2019 at the University of Louisville. He studied industrial microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez. Today, he is a first year pharmacy student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

  • Sydney Turner

    Ms. Turner attended SHPEP in 2019 at the University of Texas Houston Science Center. She graduated May 2022 from Agnes Scott College. Today, Ms. Turner is a traditional BSN, 3rd semester nursing student at Nell Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University.