Summer Health Professions Education Program: Medicine

Program Dates: May 22, 2017 – June 30, 2017

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.

SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.

The 6-week program will take place on the University of Florida campus, with on-campus room and board.

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UF SHPEP Program Coordinator & Contact:

Application Information

Application Deadlines:

  • Early Admission Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Regular Admission Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • Online applications are available starting November 1, 2016. Admission occurs on a rolling basis.
  • Apply now at the national SHPEP website.

Application Requirements:

  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • New participant to SHPEP.
  • Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application.
  • SHPEP is geared toward students who identify with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions.
  • SHPEP targets students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds; however, all applications are considered.

Medicine Career Pathway

Students accepted into the Medicine Career Pathway will:

  • Explore medicine and its specialties, including Physician Assistant exposures, with faculty, residents and students
  • Work with a human patient simulator to illustrate biological principles and laws of physics and chemistry using customized scenarios.
  • Participate in clinical rotations and a variety of workshops on topics that might include career development, financial strategy and research.
  • Tour the College of Medicine’s state-of-the-art George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building.
  • Network with students who have similar goals.
  • Students interested in the Physician Assistant exposure will also participate in the following:
    • An overview and preparation for the Physician Assistant profession
    • A PA School curriculum and professional opportunities panel discussion and Q&A with faculty
    • A PA student perspectives panel discussion and Q&A with first and second year PA students
    • A networking reception with students & faculty

Why UF?

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With 13 SHPEP program sites across the nation, what makes UF exceptional?

The UF Health Science Center is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus.

What to expect at SHPEP?

Students selected to attend UF SHPEP get an opportunity to gain academic enrichment while also immersing themselves in Gator culture through:


Can I participate in SHPEP if I am a junior or senior in college, or if I have already graduated from college? No. SHPEP is exclusively for current freshman and sophomore college students.

I am a freshman and have not received my grades yet. Can I submit my high school transcript? High school transcripts are not accepted. If you are a freshman and you have not received your first semester grades, please allow them to be finalized before you submit your transcripts.

Who should I pick to write reference letters for me? This should be someone who knows your academic and personal character. Ideally this should be a pre-health advisor and/or a college professor. If none of these persons know you well enough, a high school science teacher or a local dentist or physician who knows you well is acceptable.

Can the recommendation be submitted by a previous employer or high school teacher? If a recommendation cannot be submitted by a pre-health advisor or college professor within your major, the National Program Office will accept one from an employer that is within a health professions field or from a science high school teacher.

I’m applying online and I see medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and public health as my career path choice – I’m interested in another career in health, what do I do? While students select from four main concentrations – Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health – selected students will be given the opportunity to learn hands on about veterinary medicine, nursing, physician assistant, and a number of public health professions such as Clinical and Health Psychology, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, Health Administration, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. It is at the student’s discretion which concentration they choose when they apply.

Am I able to participate in SHPEP and attend classes over the summer? SHPEP is a full-time commitment with pre-planned days of curriculum, activities and rotations. Students’ full participation is required during the course of the program dates. Should summer courses be offered following the program, the student is free to enroll and attend, but during the program that may not be an option.

Will meals be provided during my time at UF SHPEP? Dining debit cards are provided to all scholars to use at University of Florida dining locations on campus. All dining locations are open seven days a week.

I don’t have health insurance. Is there a UF Health insurance option for successful applicants? If a scholar does not have insurance, a limited insurance plan will be purchased by the UF SHPEP program for that scholar.

Will I have free time to explore Gainesville? Scholars have a full menu of extracurricular activities to enjoy. Possible adventures include: touring UF museums, talent show, kayaking, disc golf, volleyball, swimming, tubing, social gatherings with professional students, bowling, movies and summer concerts on the plaza.

Is housing provided? Where will I live during UF SHPEP? Scholars stay in dormitories located in the center of campus, free of cost.

Should I bring a car? How will I get around? Dorms are a 10-minute walk from the UF Health Science Center. Scholars also have free access to the campus and city buses.

Will I receive aid with traveling to Gainesville? Travel expenses will be compensated.

How does the stipend work? Scholars will receive a $600 stipend.

Is there a cost to attending UF SHPEP? No. Students will be provided with housing, meals and a stipend that will cover the six weeks.

Please visit the national SHPEP website for more information concerning admissions or other questions.

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Other SHPEP programs at the University of Florida:

College of Dentistry | College of Nursing | College of Pharmacy | College of Public Health and Health Professions | College of Veterinary Medicine