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WesternU is in alliance with SHPEP’s goal: 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, Hispanic/Latino, and from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

A Summer Opportunity that Lasts a Lifetime

Western University of Health Sciences is one of 12 national SHPEP program sites. WesternU offers this summer enrichment program for college freshmen and sophomores who are interested in health professions such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and optometry. During the six week course, students participate in the following activities:
  • Academic enrichment of basic sciences through case-based learning
  • Hands-on clinical skills development activities
  • Learning skills evaluation and workshops
  • Exposure to clinical settings and clinical skills training
  • Workshops on financial planning and health policy
  • Cost of the double occupancy dorm room and meals at host-housing college covered
  • Cost of living stipend and complete travel cost covered

WesternU Mission

To produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities.

Curriculum Schedule:

The curriculum is an integrated case-based curriculum following an individual patient over six weeks. Multiple clinicians initiate weekly themes for the patient case progression — basic science and health disparities learning issues follow on from this.

Be mindful that WesternU SHPEP is designed to reflect the intensity of any graduate health professions program; thus, it is STRONGLY advised students do not commit their time to other activities, including summer classes or other educational programs.

Please note that scheduling may be subject to minor changes due to faculty scheduling.

Program Weekly Structure: Morning Curriculum & Afternoon Curriculum

Attendance in person will be required Monday through Friday for both curricular sessions;

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30am-12:00pm 10:00am-11:30am 10:00am-11:30am 10:00am-11:30am 9:30am-12:00pm
Introduction to Clinical Case & Quiz Assessment Anatomy Curriculum (in-person and remote learning) Physiology Curriculum (in-person and remote learning) Health Disparities Grand Rounds & Weekly Exam
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm
Afternoon Track Afternoon Track Afternoon Track Afternoon Track Afternoon Track

Students will be working with clinical faculty staff and students to explore clinical skills and issues specific to Medicine, Dental Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Optometry. Each track will be meeting in separate sessions in-person 3-5 times a week, based on clinical track faculty scheduling. More detailed curricular information will be provided to students upon admission.

Attendance in person will be required Monday through Friday, exact days depending on the track.

SHPEP 2020 Yearbook

SHPEP Yearbooks

Summer Health Professions Education Program