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 to prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions—part of an effort by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that works to build a Culture of Health.
All students who meet the Summer Health Professions Education Program eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application.
- Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5.
- Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Not have previously participated in the program.
Other factors for consideration include that a student:
- Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;
- Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
- Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations.
- Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation.
Submit Application Materials
Applications will only be reviewed by designated program sites once the National Program Office processes the following materials in accordance with the admissions guidelines:
- The online SHPEP application, which includes one essay prompt (Personal Statement Guidelines). An AAMC account is required to access the application. Register for an AAMC account if you do not already have one.
- One official transcript from every U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution attended sent directly by the institution’s registrar’s office. Please review the Transcript Requirements section for more information.
- One letter of recommendation from a qualified reference. Please review the Recommendation Requirements section for more information.
You can use the optional Application Checklist to ensure that you have completed all of the required steps to apply to SHPEP.
What it’s like to participate in the SHPEP
Learn more about this program from two students who recently completed it and what they learned.
The Bar-Peled Lab of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at Harvard Medical School is accepting applications
for a Research Technician position. The laboratory studies the cellular response to altered metabolic states in multiple cancer
models. Specific studies relate to discovering druggable vulnerabilities in genetically defined cancers and elucidating the
mechanisms of reactive oxygen species in cancer growth using cutting edge chemical proteomic technologies. More about
their research can be found at: barpeledlab.org.
Dr. Bar-Peled seeks exceptionally motivated candidates who enjoy conducting research and involving themselves in the
dynamic environment of the laboratory. She or he will have the opportunity to become fully involved with all the steps of
research being completed in their laboratory, often working directly with Dr. Bar-Peled, which will lead to numerous
publications. Investigators in their laboratory will present at regular laboratory meetings and will be encouraged to attend talks conducted by scientists visiting the Harvard Medical School campus. The experience gained in the lab will be very helpful for pursuing a career as a researcher or physician. Exceptional technicians may have a further opportunity to engage in their own primary research project.
College degree with a preference in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, or biochemistry is preferred. Candidates with a
strong computational background are also encouraged to apply. 1-3 years of research experience is highly recommended.
The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, organized, and able to work independently as well as part of a team in a fastpaced
evolving environment. Excellent communication and organizational skills are necessary.
Please send a cover letter, your CV and a list of three references to Dr. Liron Bar-Peled at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are TWO positions open at the Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Start dates for the positions are June, 2019. These are great positions for students considering careers in medicine, public health, public policy, economic evaluation and related fields.
We are seeking to hire a full-time Research Assistant to work with our internationally recognized, multidisciplinary health policy and clinical outcomes research team at the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research (OrACORe) and the Policy and Innovation eValuation in Orthopaedic Treatments (PIVOT) Centers, both in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The incumbent will be essential to the research operations of OrACORe/PIVOT and will be an integral member of the centers.
The Research Assistant will work directly with the Principal Investigators of the centers, as well as numerous other faculty and staff members, to conduct clinical research involving musculoskeletal conditions. There will be opportunities to collect data, synthesize literature, and write both manuscripts and sections of grant proposals. The Research Assistant will also participate in conducting health policy evaluations of musculoskeletal diseases using computer simulation modeling
- Health Policy and Clinical Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery – Read the full job description here.
- Clinical and Health Policy Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery – Read the full job description here.
Interested in Health Professions? Check out our Winter-Term Seminar Series
Tuesday, January 8
Medical School Applicant Panel
7:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge
We are excited to welcome a panel of current UVM medical school students back to campus. Come hear about the application process from students who just went through the cycle.
MCAT Peer Advice Panel
8:15 p.m. ion Coltrane Lounge
Following the alumni panel, the Pre-Health Society will host their yearly MCAT panel discussion featuring students who took the MCATS this past summer. We’ll learn their study schedules, what prep materials they found useful, any tricks and tips that were helpful and test-day strategies. We’ll also feature an alum who took the MCATS post-graduation while working full time.
Tuesday, January 15
Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Panel
7:00 p.m. in ADK at CCI
Come hear a robust conversation about two popular allied health professions. We’ll hear from recent alumni who are currently in PA and NP schools as well as from local practitioners in both fields. RSVP here.
Hot cocoa and cookies will be served.
Tuesday, January 22
LGBTQ in the U.S. Army
6:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge
Join Col. Joshua S. Hawley-Molloy, program director of the International Medicine Residency for the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, for a discussion of LGBTQ issues as they relate to the military. RSVP here.
U.S. Army Suture Clinic
7:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge
The U.S. Army will be hosting a hands-on Suture Clinic. This workshop will be a great learning experience for those who are considering medicine as a career path, or for those who just want to gain a new skill! Limited spaces – RSVP here. Only 50 slots available!
Food will be served between events.
Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm in Coltrane Lounge
Apogee offers outdoor adventure travel to teens and young adults. They provide students with well-designed hiking, biking, service, writing, and photography trips in spectacular locations throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe.
Apogee is looking for responsible, dynamic, and motivated applicants to lead experiential-education and adventure programs in the summer of 2019. Leaders must serve as excellent role models while fostering an atmosphere that is safe and welcoming to bring out the best in each student. Excellent decision-making, adaptability, risk management skills, and the ability to cooperate in a shared leadership position are absolutely necessary. Applicants must be 20 years old and Wilderness First Aid certified* by June 10, 2019.
This is a great leadership opportunity for students with any career focus! Come meet the Apogee reps and learn more about the available summer positions.
The holidays may be over, but there’s still time to give yourself the gift of knowledge.
The 2019 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event on March 16 in Chicago, IL, is THE opportunity to find answers to your most pressing questions about the dental school admissions process.
Register today for FREE!
With more than 50 U.S. dental schools represented, this is a must-attend event for prospective dental school applicants! Take advantage of this opportunity to leave a lasting impression on representatives from dental schools you might apply to as soon as next summer.
Plus, be inspired by future classmates and walk away with the confidence and tools you need to be a standout candidate and successfully submit your application.
View the agenda and hotel information at adea.org/godental19.
A limited amount of travel assistance will be available to individuals traveling from outside the Chicago area. Applications for travel assistance, which are completed during registration, will close at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 15, 2019. Individuals that submitted a complete travel assistance application by the deadline will receive an email about the status of their request no later than February 22, 2019.
Interested in non-profit work and the grant review process? Join United Way’s Community Impact Funding Team!
Deadline January 15.
Come learn about the behind-the-scenes work involved in the grant approval process. United Way of Addison County (UWAC) is seeking Middlebury College student volunteers to review grant applications from nonprofits that are working to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of Addison County residents. Joining the Community Impact Funding (CIF) review team is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the grant making process, as well as the types of needs being addressed by our local nonprofits. In the past three years, reviewers helped UWAC invest $991,605 in 33 programs covering 28 different agencies across the region. Volunteer responsibilities include reviewing applications, conducting site visits and making funding recommendations to the UWAC Board of Directors. The work will require a time commitment of 10-15 hours for meetings, plus approximately 30 additional hours of grant review and scoring between the last week of January through the beginning of April. Accommodations will be made for absences over February Break and Spring Break. Experience is not necessary, as UWAC will provide training. Enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of humor are highly valued! Interested students should send their resume and a statement of interest to United Way of Addison County Volunteer Center Coordinator Linnea Oosterman at email@example.com by January 15, 2019.
The ADEA AADSAS® Participating Dental Schools Required and Recommended Courses chart is a helpful resource for prospective dental school applicants to easily access required and recommended coursework. Traditionally, dental schools expect applicants to complete two semesters (three quarters) of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. It’s important to know how dental schools differ on the additional classes they require, so we encourage students to thoroughly research each school they are interested in applying to for any additional prerequisites.
Work as a Research Assistant with Dr. Leonard Zon, Grousbeck Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, HHMI Investigator, and HSCI Faculty Member.
The lab utilizes the zebrafish model system and cutting-edge technologies to study the role of gene expression in hematopoiesis, cancer, and stem cell development. They aspire to develop and improve drug therapies and treatments for patients with blood disorders and cancer. The lab is based in two locations: Longwood Medical Area (Boston) and Harvard University (Cambridge).
They carry out research in two areas of biology:
- Hematopoiesis: Each day, humans require the production of ~100 billion new blood cells for proper hematopoietic function. Assaults to this system can cause diseases including leukemias, lymphomas, and anemias. They study how hematopoietic progenitor cells are induced from vascular precursors, how hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) engraft
into their stem cell niche, what genes controls stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, what goes awry in blood cancers & diseases, and how to improve treatments such as bone marrow transplants.
- Melanoma: The Zon Lab created the first animal model of a BRAFdriven cancer in 2005 with the publication of our zebrafish melanoma model. The lab has gone on to identify genes important in melanoma initiation such as SPRED1 and SETDB1. They study epigenetic regulators of melanoma onset, molecular events in melanoma initiation, and mechanisms of melanoma drug resistance
- Research Assistants: They are looking for multiple candidates with strong biology backgrounds. Research assistants will utilize a variety of molecular biology techniques, microinjections, microscopy, and tissue culture in addition to working with zebrafish.
- Bioinformatics Specialist: The last three bioinformatics specialists in their lab have been premedical students with a computer science focus. The individual will work on widely applicable computational analyses on the data from lab experiments and will learn to create novel analysis pipelines to handle more complex biological questions.
Qualities they are looking for: Highly motivated, intellectually curious, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work independently.
Benefits to you: Many recent college graduates spend time as Zon Lab research assistants prior to successfully moving on to positions in medical school, graduate school and other health professions. You will learn how to design and execute state-of-the-art experiments, providing an excellent opportunity to grow creatively as a scientist and to think critically about how the lab translates to the clinic. Research assistants regularly give presentations and are authors on primary research papers, providing a competitive edge when applying to graduate and medical programs.
Email your cover letter & CV to Dr. Bruce Barut (Lab Manager).
Positions are competitive and require a two-year commitment beginning summer 2019
Considering an internship this summer? Winter Term is a great time to start your search.
At this information session, you will learn strategies for finding or creating the best summer internship for you. We will:
- Give you examples of past internships Midd students have done
- Highlight top resources to use in the search process
- Discuss strategies for creating your own experience
- Provide tips for narrowing down fields in which to pursue your internship
- Provide an overview of CCI’s GRANT FUNDING available for unpaid internships
- Let you know about all the great people at CCI you can turn to for help
We look forward to seeing you and answering all of your questions.
Wednesday, January 9, 4:30-5:30 pm, Coltrane Lounge, Adirondack House