Program Contact

Contact: Dawn Fizer and Carolyn Maddox

Phone Number: 205.996.2978 or 205.934.7975


Program Information

Location: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL


Start/End Dates: June 6, 2022 – July 15, 2022

Academic Credit: No


The Summer Health Professions Education Program is a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine (SOM), School of Dentistry (SOD), School of Optometry (SOO), and School of Health Professions (SHP), home to the Physical Therapy program. The program goal is to increase diversity in health professions by recruiting and preparing underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students for successful educational experiences and careers in health care. Scholars will be offered multiple components:

1) Academic enrichment in multiple disciplines (Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Statistics).

2) Didactic instruction on heath science topics, Scientific Writing, and Critical Reasoning.

3) Seminars on alternate health care opportunities and specialties.

4) Lectures on health disparities and determinants of health.

5) Career development activities with one-on-one sessions and mock interviews.

6) Workshops on study skills, life skills, time management skills, and financial literacy.

7) Leadership development exercises and team-building skills. In addition, the rich history of Birmingham will be leveraged to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion.

This program will be implemented as a six-week virtual experience.

Clinical Experience: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is hoping to be able to offer clinical shadowing to our participants who meet UAB Hospital shadowing guidelines. UAB SHPEP is also collaborating with the UAB eMedicine team ( to provide Telehealth Shadowing, if in person shadowing is not available. In this virtual setting you will observe a real-time clinical encounter, after which you will be able to debrief with the physician. Telehealth Shadowing was first implemented summer 2021 and was extremely successful. Telehealth is currently an important health care modality and will be a crucial component of patient care in the future. Through the UAB Office of Standardized Patient Education, you will be able to practice your newly acquired clinical skills when you independently interview a standardized patient in a Telehealth encounter. Further, you will receive feedback from your patient to help you improve your skills! In collaboration with UAB’s Office for Interprofessional Simulation (OIPS) you will simulate (i) living in poverty, and (ii) navigate life with opioid addiction, Each activity will be followed by a debriefing session to discuss your experiences. You will practice your clinical skills! Scholars will participate in pseudo-suturing using a take-home tool guided by livestream video instruction from our Faculty. We will also provide virtual CPR training.


Stipend: Stipends of $600 per student will be disbursed in two $300 installments at the completion of weeks 2 and 6.

Food/Dining:  Most lunches are provided as a lunch and learn session with a scheduled speakers who presents during lunch.  Additionally, on-Campus dining dollars are provided for evening and weekend meals.

Financial Planning:  financial planning to aid in budgeting is provided by the National Program Office.


Residence Halls:  Scholars will live in on-campus dormitories for their 6-week stay.  Access to student dining is available during these 6-weeks.

Social Activities: UAB SHPEP staff will plan a variety of social activities that meet UAB COVID-19 guidelines, which could include a picnic lunch with local healthcare professionals, movies nights, and our annual SHPEP Prom at the end of the program.