Program Contact

Contact: Yvette Holding-Ford

Phone Number: (973) 972- 3762


Program Information

Location: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ (10 miles north of New York City)


Start/End Dates: June 13, 2022- July 22, 2022

Academic Credit: No


Rutgers University is an academic health leader that is shaping the future of human health, pioneering breakthroughs, and integrating care to keep the world well. Through the activities of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), Rutgers stands as one of America’s largest and most comprehensive university-based centers for studying and improving human health and health care. Rutgers takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research with the goal of improving human health.

Rutgers Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is an innovative enrichment program designed to cultivate the interprofessional leaders of tomorrow, giving them the knowledge, skills, and attitude to impact the health and healthcare of our communities.  SHPEP encompasses Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), School of Dental Medicine (SDM), School of Nursing (SN), and Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy (EMSOP) that collectively offer programs beginning in 6th grade, fostering diversity in the health professions. Our goal is to prepare SHPEP scholars as future healthcare leaders that can work in interprofessional, collaborative teams to maximize the health and well-being of individuals, communities and populations. By the end of the six weeks, scholars will be able to:

  • respect the unique culture, values, roles/responsibilities, and expertise of other scholars as well as diverse health professionals,
  • embrace the cultural diversity and differences that characterize individuals, populations, and the healthcare team,
  • demonstrate a commitment to advocacy and service as a means of addressing the social determinants of health and recognize the importance of health care policy and community partnerships on population health,
  • apply effective interprofessional team building skills through the use of multimodal experiential learning strategies, such as simulation-based activities, role playing and service-learning opportunities,
  • integrate knowledge from the basic and quantitative sciences to build the foundation for critical thinking and academic success in the health professions,
  • develop the self-care, resilience, and reflective skills to become lifelong learners and future leaders, and
  • utilize their knowledge, skills and attitudes to augment and support the contributions of their peers.

The SHPEP curriculum incorporates interprofessional education competencies and leadership as foundational elements which are threaded throughout all courses and experiences. A typical week may include team building exercises, simulation/roleplaying, basic science and quantitative courses, wellness activities, academic strategies, leadership development and clinical experiences. Underlying these activities are Critical Analysis/Reasoning and Life Management Skills that will increase resilience, confidence, and engagement in work. Teaching/Learning Modalities have incorporated e-learning, large group and small group interactive sessions, team-based learning (TBL), case-based discussions, tutorials, and labs. Scholars will learn about, from, and with each other in simulations and clinical experiences that enable effective collaborations and improve health outcomes. Courses include: Organic Chemistry, Calculus/Physics, integrated Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Biochemistry and Biostatistics. The Health Equity, Social Justice and Health Policy Course is a key foundational interprofessional course that will inspire and mentor future social justice champions. Students will be able to recognize the role of social determinants of health and the impact on health disparities on well-being. Topics include: unconscious bias, racism, structural racism, oppression, and stereotype threat.  Emerging Issues in Healthcare include presentations by the various health care professionals such as alumni, and transplant and palliative care teams that are models for interprofessional collaborative care.

Scholars improve their academic success and learn techniques to improve focus, concentration, memory, emotional well-being and effective strategies to take control of their learning.  To enhance our scholars academic and communication skills, workshops are held each week covering topics such as: Studying for the Sciences; Time Management: Breaking the Box: Critical Thinking for College & Beyond; How to Succeed in A Lecture Course; Less Stress, More Success; and Communication Skills.

Other program related activities include career development sessions, course reviews by teaching assistants, library skills, stress management, self-care and wellness, networking social activities and a financial literacy and planning workshop.


COVID-19 Institution Policies:

Masks are required for all indoor activities at this site.

Vaccination is required to attend this site.

More information regarding the campus COVID-19 policies: 10.3.14 Interim COVID-19 Immunization Record Requirement for Students –

Clinical Experience: Rutgers Summer Health Professions Education Program supports the effective practice of clinical reasoning and decision-making. Key activities include Clinical Exposure with an emphasis on settings that are models of interprofessional care such as a nurse managed interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) and a federally qualified health center (FQHC). The IPCP model includes faculty from Rutgers SN, NJMS, School of Social Work, EMSOP and School of Health Related Professions’ Physician Assistant and Respiratory Therapy programs. In addition, EMSOP has created unique practice models in emerging areas of pharmacy practice such as transitions of care, ambulatory care, and integrated health homes. Scholars participate in relevant experiences via our interprofessional clinical rotations through our faculty practices. Scholars also experience interprofessional teams in action at University Hospital that will help them better understand clinical care and effective team communication. Rutgers SHPEP requires scholars to make a significant commitment to six weeks of comprehensive academic instruction in a residential setting. To ensure successful completion, accepted scholars are strongly advised to not overschedule by attempting to engage in additional activities, including internships or summer courses. Students are reminded to be flexible, as scheduling may be subject to changes due to faculty scheduling and/or other unforeseen circumstances.


Stipend: A $600 stipend per scholar will be distributed in two installments.

  • The first installment of $300 will be distributed during the second week of the program.
  • The second installment of $300 will be distributed during the fourth week of the program.

Meals: Dinner is provided for all scholars at Rutgers University-Newark, five days a week and is fully subsidized by the program. Accepted scholars will also receive a $300 meal stipend.



Housing: Rutgers-Newark campus housing will be provided.

Health Insurance: Scholars are required to provide their own health care insurance.  In the event of an emergency, services will be provided either through our emergency department or our walk-in clinic. 

Social Activities: Scholars will engage in weekly extracurricular social/wellness activities.  Possible activities include:  roller skating, theme park, volleyball, NJMS cook-out, live workout classes, scavenger hunts, meditation, game night, movie night, yoga, etc.  Information will also be provided for the many free social activities in the downtown Newark area.