Program Contact

Contact: Kiana Fields and Shonna Wagner

Phone Number: (502) 852-5741


Program Information

Location: University of Louisville Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing; Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, Louisville, KY


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

Academic Credit: No


“Shaping the Future of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy”

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of Louisville, introduces prospective medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy scholars to the academic rigors of health professions education. Scholars will use team-based learning to integrate and apply the basic and social sciences centered on two major themes: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Scholars will work in inter-professional collaborative teams to develop and implement treatment plans with dental/medical/nursing/pharmacy applications. Major program emphasis focuses on personal and professional development, including study strategies, career planning, and clinical exposure to the health professions. Concepts of health policy and equity will be interwoven throughout the academic core with experiential health policy components. Scholars will leave the program with a clear understanding of the admissions process, a better understanding of health policy and a new level of enthusiasm and motivation to do well in the upper-level science courses, and in doing so increasing their chances of obtaining their goal of becoming a health care professional.

This innovative six-week intensive summer academic enrichment program engages 80 scholars from across the country in Science Academic Enrichment; Medical, Nursing, Dental and Pharmacy Career Development; Personal Development; Health Equity and Health Policy; Learning Skills Orientation; Written & Oral Communication Development; Clinical Experience; and Financial Planning Orientation.

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

Academic Credit: Our program will not be offering academic credit. However, scholars will gain exposure to advanced level sciences through participating in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physiology classes facilitated by current University faculty members and partners.


Clinical Experience: Three clinical experiences for each scholar; clinical options include: shadowing/observing health professionals at nearby hospitals and clinics, completing patient scenarios at the Standardized Patient Center and Simulation Labs, and participating in clinically related case problem solving.


Meals: Students will receive a meal subsidy.

Stipend: 3 installments as follows:  by end of week 2; by end of week 4; at end of week 6.




Social Connection Opportunities: Scholars will have an opportunity to join and take on a leadership role through our Shpepping Together committee. This committee will assist in suggesting and planning fun social activities with fellow peers. During the program, scholars will have the opportunity to attend networking meals with University faculty and deans, see the Muhammad Ali Center, and more!