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What is a SMDEP Ambassador?

A SMDEP Ambassador is a former participant who volunteers to recruit eligible SMDEP applicants to the program. The applicants must submit a completed application packet (online application, transcripts and recommendations) by the application deadline.

To be eligible, you must have also attended and completed SMDEP, the Minority Medical Education Program (MMEP), or the Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP).

How do I become a SMDEP Ambassador?

Fill out the SMDEP Ambassador Application (Word, 1 page). Please send this information along with your resume to

What does an Ambassador do?

There are many ways in which Ambassadors help the NPO including:

  • Attend national meetings and conferences with the NPO and program sites.
  • At appropriate opportunities share information about SMDEP and the importance of completing an enrichment program as part of preparing for medical or dental school.
  • Encourage students to visit the SMDEP website to read about the program, review the program sites and begin the application process.
  • Serve as a mentor throughout the application process by advising applicants to request transcripts and recommendations early and to submit their completed online application by the SMDEP deadline of March 1.

As you recruit students for SMDEP, tell each of them to enter your ambassador identifier on the portion of the online application that asks, "Who Referred You?" This is how the National Program Office will know how many applicants with completed application packets you were responsible for recruiting.

Download ambassador recruiting cards (Writable PDF, 1 page)

Ambassador Incentives

The three SMDEP Ambassadors who recruit the most students that submit completed applications to SMDEP by the deadline will be funded to attend a medical- or dental-related professional conference. The conference must be approved by the SMDEP National Program Office.

Becoming an Ambassador offers you the opportunity for building other valuable professional development skills, including:

  • Networking skills
  • Resume builder
  • Public speaking skills