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Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

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November 16, 2020

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or public health?  If so, please consider applying to the SHPEP at the University of Washington. SHPEP is a free six–week academic enrichment program with a goal of increasing the number of students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds who pursue careers in the health professions. SHPEP at the UW has had a very long and successful track record of helping thousands of students enter and graduate from health professions school.

Using a cohort approach, the program prepares students for academic success in their undergraduate and pre-professional studies by offering enrichment courses in biology, chemistry, biostatistics and population health. The program also focuses on the personal and professional development of participants by engaging them in explorations of their identity, culture, and strengths, and how to weave these into an individualized education plan. Participants have many opportunities to meet healthcare providers and researchers whose work addresses reducing health disparities.

SHPEP at the University of Washington utilizes a range of teaching styles including lecture, active learning techniques, discussion groups, self-reflection and virtual hands-on activities to increase student engagement and learning. This year the program will be offered virtually. The program is free and students will receive $600 stipend for participating plus an additional $400 food allowance. The program will be held from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday through Friday which will allow students to engage in other activities in the afternoon.  The UW SHPEP will take place June 21-July 30, 2021. More information, including eligibility requirements and the online application, can be found at: or by contacting Nora Coronado (  Applications are open November 1, 2020 and will close February 5, 2021.

Webinar dates for students and advisors:

Tuesday, December 1  10:00-11:00 AM PST

Wednesday, December 16 3:00-4:00 PM PST

Thursday, January 7  5:00-6:00 PM PST

Tuesday, January 19  12:00-1:00 PM PST

Zoom link for each of these sessions is: