Summer Medical/Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

Application Deadline: March 1, 2007

Summer Medical/Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer medical and dental school preparatory program that offers eligible students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.

To access the SMDEP application, go to


Let us know about the status of your application. Please email and,in the subject line, write SMDEP. Provide your first and last name, college, year in college, interest in medical or dental school, where you are applying and the status of your application.

Here is a list of the 12 Ventures Scholars who have already been accepted to the 2007 SMDEP Program. There are approximately 23 Ventures Scholars who are still waiting for their responses.

Name: Jason J. Bethea   
College: Erskine College   
Year : Sophomore   
Attending : University of Virginia SMDEP

Name : Valerie A. Pierre   
College : Xavier University of Louisiana   
Year: Sophomore   
Attending: University of Virginia SMDEP

Name: Ashela Bean   
College: Johns Hopkins University   
Year : freshman   
Attending : Case Western School of Medicine SMDEP

Name: Anwar Jackson   
College: Howard University   
Year: Freshman   
Attending : University of Virginia SMDEP

Name: Brittni Jones
College: Fisk University
Year: freshman
Attending: Univeristy of Texas SMDEP

Name: Victoria Kyerematen   
C ollege : Xavier University LA   
Year: Freshman/First Semester Sophomore   
Attending : Duke SMDEP

Name: Jarrod Matthei   
College: University of Miami   
Year: Sophomore   
Attending: UMDNJ (accepted) and Duke is reviewing my application right now.

Name: Bruce Reaves   
College: Duke University   
Year: freshman   
Attending : Duke University SMDEP

Name: Ezinnaya Ubagharaji   
Attending : Denison University   
Year : Sophomore   
Attending : Columbia University School of Medicine SMDEP

Name: Erica Wagner   
Attending : University of Alabama in Huntsville   
Year: Sophomore   
Attending: Columbia University SMDEP

Name : LaShawndra Walker   
Attending : Howard University   
Year : Freshman   
Attending: University of Virginia Medical School SMDEP

Name: Daniel Woolridge
Attending: Brown University
Year: Freshman
Attending: Yale University SMDEP


To be eligible for SMDEP, an applicant must:

--be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa; |
--be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college; and
--have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with 2.75 in the sciences.

Other factors considered in the admissions process include whether an applicant:

--have a combined verbal and math SAT score of at least 950 or ACT score of at least 20;
--comes from a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and dentistry (as defined independently by each program site);
--comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background;
--has demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations;
--has local and/or regional residency; and
--submits a strong personal statement and strong letters of recommendation.

Each SMDEP site makes its own student selections on a rolling-admissions basis and responds to individual applications on a case-by-case basis.

Students should contact their school's health professions advisor for advice on which summer to apply to SMDEP and for other information about a career in the health professions.

Program offerings include:
  • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences (organic chemistry, physics, biology, pre-calculus/calculus) and key elective courses (writing, oral presentations, current topics in health)

  • Learning-skills seminars, including study skills and methods of individual and group learning

  • Limited clinical exposure through small-group clinical rotations and full-group clinician seminars

  • Career development, including the exploration of the medical and dental professions and an individualized education plan to identify other appropriate summer experiences

  • A financial-planning workshop


courtesy of University of Scranton
© 2006 Ventures In Education, Inc.