Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolving guidelines set at the local, regional, and national levels, the SHPEP National Program Office (NPO), in collaboration with our 12 program sites located across the United States, have made programmatic changes regarding how SHPEP will be implemented in summer 2022. Below is a complete list of program sites and how they will implement the program for this upcoming summer:

Virtual (Implemented as a six-week virtual experience)

In-person (Implemented as a six-week in-person experience)

Hybrid Model (Implemented as a six-week experience, with two weeks virtual and four weeks in-person) 

Students who have been accepted to a program that offers an in-person or hybrid option are required to follow the policies set by the program site where they are accepted and must adhere to an indoor mask mandate to participate in the program, even if fully vaccinated. 

The health and safety of our scholars and program site staff remain our top priorities. The NPO will continue to monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local health authorities. We are in close contact with staff at each of our program sites and regularly receive updates on any decisions that may alter normal campus operations or impact the implementation of summer programming. Please continue to monitor our website for updates on the status of SHPEP 2022. To assist applicants in making an informed decision when selecting sites, below are some frequently asked questions about the 2022 SHPEP summer experience.

 

2022 SHPEP Summer Experience FAQ

Although your program site will be implementing SHPEP virtually this year, please understand that SHPEP was implemented virtually the last two years. We have received incredibly positive feedback regarding our abilities to host the program virtually at each of our participating program sites. Furthermore, alumni who have participated in our virtual program have even challenged themselves and have become ambassadors for SHPEP. Here is an ambassador who details their virtual experience. If you are solely admitted to a site that has decided on virtual implementation, and you do not want to participate, you will have the option to decline your offer of admission and apply next year, even if you are a current sophomore. However, please be advised that there is no guarantee that you will be accepted to participate in summer 2023. Unfortunately, the NPO will not defer your acceptance to next year. If you are interested in this option, please email shpep@aamc.org for assistance.
All SHPEP scholars are required to wear masks during indoor activities. Failure to comply with this policy will result in student termination from the program.
All SHPEP scholars are expected to comply with the policies and requirements of the program site. Please visit our program site webpage to learn more about their institution-specific instructions, policies, and expectations regarding COVID-19 and vaccination requirements.
Scholars are expected to comply with the policies and requirements of the program site. Please visit our program site webpage to learn more about their institution-specific instructions, policies, and expectations regarding COVID-19 testing.
Given the continuously evolving local and regional guidance regarding COVID-19 and social distancing, scholars are expected to comply with the policies and requirements of the program site to which they are accepted. After you have confirmed your acceptance, the program site in which you have confirmed your participation for summer 2022 will provide programmatic logistics and guidelines to follow.
The SHPEP program site staff is comprised of practicing professionals and faculty at health professions programs who understand the importance of ensuring safety by developing institutional policies and procedures. Each program site has developed contingency plans in the event a scholar contracts COVID-19 during program implementation. Given the local, regional, and national guidance set by the CDC, WHO, and government agencies, the NPO can assure you that program sites have augmented the SHPEP summer experience by including plans that consist of quarantine protocols, contact tracing efforts, and housing accommodations. That being said, scholars should understand the risks of participating in an in-person/hybrid program and comply with all health and safety requirements set by each program site.