Program Contact

Contact: Maria J. Moreno

Phone Number: (909) 638-2384


Program Information

Location: Western University of Health Sciences is a comprehensive graduate health sciences university in the city of Pomona, 30 miles east of Los Angeles. In addition to the career pathways in Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy and Optometry, the University also confers degrees in biomedical sciences, health sciences, medical sciences, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine.


Start/End Dates: June 20, 2022 – July 29, 2022

Academic Credit: No


WesternU SHPEP offers an innovative interprofessional approach to its summer residential program through team-based learning of foundational science, interprofessional faculty teaching and learning, health disparities exploration and healthcare policy education, all centered on the experience of the patient. The primary goal for the WesternU SHPEP team is to strengthen the academic proficiency, clinical commitment, compassion and enhance the career development of students underrepresented in the health professions, to prepare them for successful application and matriculation to a health professions program.


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:


Curriculum Schedule: The curriculum is an integrated case-based curriculum following an individual patient over six weeks. Multiple clinicians initiate weekly themes for the patient case progression — basic science and health disparities learning issues follow on from this.

Be mindful that WesternU SHPEP is designed to reflect the intensity of any graduate health professions program; thus, it is STRONGLY advised students do not commit their time to other activities, including summer classes or other educational programs.

Please note that scheduling may be subject to minor changes due to faculty scheduling.

Program Weekly Structure: Morning Curriculum


Attendance in person will be required Monday through Friday;

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30am-12:00pm 10:00am-11:30am 10:00am-11:30am 10:00am-11:30am 9:30am-12:00pm
Introduction to Clinical Case


Quiz Assessment

Anatomy Curriculum

(in-person and remote learning)

Physiology Curriculum

(In-person and remote learning)

Health Disparities  

Grand Rounds


Weekly Exam

Program Weekly Structure: Afternoon Curriculum

Students will be working with clinical faculty staff and students to explore clinical skills and issues specific to Medicine, Dental Medicine, Physical Therapy and Optometry. Each track will be meeting in separate sessions in-person 3-5 times a week, based on clinical track faculty scheduling. More detailed curricular information will be provided to students upon admission.

Attendance in person will be required Monday through Friday, exact days depending on track.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm
Afternoon Track Afternoon Track Afternoon Track Afternoon Track Afternoon Track


Clinical Experience: Due to the continuing restrictions of Covid-19 affecting site availability, there will be no regular in-person clinical shadowing opportunities scheduled. However, SHPEP practical clinical skills-based afternoon sessions will be in person with WesternU clinical faculty, staff and students, using curricula specific to each clinical skill set and track.


Meals: Meals will be distributed to program participants.

Stipend: $600 stipend will be distributed to program participants in two equal disbursements in Week 1 and Week 4 of the program. More information will be provided once students are admitted to WesternU SHPEP.



Social Activities: Social Activities will be led by Resident Peer Advisors (RPAs) who are alums of WesternU SHPEP. Additionally, we strive for students to engage in California culture during some weekend activities planned by WesternU SHPEP Administration. These optional weekend social activities will be offered to students. Some weekend trips can include beach visits, Hollywood, theme parks and hiking local mountains and visiting Joshua Tree National Park.

Housing: Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)

1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711