Overview

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationMission

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. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

 

Program

The University of Iowa Health Sciences Colleges is pleased to offer an enriching six week experience with SHPEP. The Health Sciences Colleges include the Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, and College of Public Health. We strongly believe in the value of exposing students from underrepresented backgrounds to the possibility of pursuing health fields and supporting their goals in accomplishing that dream to help improve the health of society at large.

Through in depth experiences with one of the colleges listed above, scholars in our program will learn about the variety of opportunities available in the healthcare field and help them decide which career they are interested in pursuing. Additionally, the students will have opportunities to improve study skills, understand and learn how to improve health disparities, and enhance networking skills. Each scholar will have the opportunity to take one basic science course including Anatomy/Physiology, Physics, Organic Chemistry, and Statistics to help expose and prepare for future enrollment in these courses. Scholars will also learn how to best work in healthcare teams with our Interprofessional curriculum.

All University of Iowa SHPEP participants will receive automatic admissions interviews to the Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry and College of Pharmacy!

Clinical Experience: The scholars will have opportunities to shadow healthcare providers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as well as other local settings. Providers will include physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacist, and those who work in public health. There will be opportunities to work in an underserved health clinic with the University of Iowa Mobile Clinic. 

 

Finances 

Meals: $18.00 per day in Hawkeye Dollars. Hawkeye Dollars are funds that may be used at the laundry services, for purchases at select vending machines in the residence hall, as well as for purchases at most campus food service locations. Further information regarding campus food service locations and Hawkeye Dollars can be found here: https://dining.uiowa.edu/locations

Travel Assistance: Travel assistance will be provided by the program site.

Stipend: $600

 

Living

Housing: Petersen Residence Hall, double occupancy.

Health Insurance: If needed, we can provide support.

Social Activities: There will be a variety of activities both on and off campus planned and available for students. These activities include, but are not limited to: Cedar Rapids Kernels minor league baseball game, an evening of private swimming at the North Liberty Aquatic Center, Summer of the Arts, The Iowa City Jazz Festival, a welcome reception, and a graduation reception.

Start/End Dates: June 18 - July 29, 2017