Program Contact

Contact: Kiana Fields and Shonna Wagner

Phone Number: (502) 852-5741


Program Information

Location: Although our program will be virtual this summer, this program will be supported by the following schools: University of Louisville Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry; Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, Louisville, KY


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

Academic Credit: Yes


“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 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.

**Academic Credit: Tentatively offering credit. We will be offering a two credit hour course titled Introduction to Biomedical Sciences. In this course, scholars will be exploring the process and impact diabetes and cardiovascular disease has on the human body. Students will be introduced to organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology in order to gain a better understanding of these themes. Prior experiences with these topics are not required; however students are recommended to have taken General Chemistry or Biology

Clinical Experience: Scholars will be participating in a wide range of virtual clinical experiences throughout the six weeks of the program. These experiences include virtual “meet ups” with practicing clinicians, virtual patient scenarios at the Standardized Patient Center and Simulation Labs, participation in clinically related team based learning exercises, and receive hands on activity kits to practice critical skills to each health care profession.


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.

Technology: We understand that access to technology is not available to everyone. Thus, our site will work closely with scholars that express a substantial need for support in getting access to digital and technological equipment and needs.




Social Connection Opportunities: meet and greets, talent show, game nights, and movie nights. Scholars will also have the opportunity to join the Shpepping Together committee which will assist in suggesting and planning fun social activities.