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To be eligible for SMDEP, an applicant must:

  • be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college;
  • have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5;
  • be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa; and
  • not have previously participated in SMDEP.

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

  • identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and/or dentistry (as defined independently by each program site);
  • comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background;
  • has demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations; and
  • has demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations;
  • submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation.

Each SMDEP site makes its admissions decisions on a "first come, first served" basis; therefore applying as early as possible increases your chance of being selected at your designated program site(s).

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

Information taken from the SMDEP National Site.