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2018 Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

shpep studentsThe 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.

When: June 11 - July 20, 2018
Application deadline: February 15, 2018
Apply at: Summer Health Professions Education Program
Contact:    319-353-4490

students in the simulation clinicFor scholars who express interest in dentistry, the college will provide opportunities with various components consisting of the following:

  • Hands-on clinical activities intended to build hand skills, communication skills, and demonstrate various procedures completed by dentists
  • Awareness of the various facets associated with the dental profession
  • Information pertaining to becoming or being a dental student


Clinical Activities: Students will have the opportunity to have clinical experiences with faculty and dental students, which may include:

  • Orientation to the simulation clinic, safety standards and protocols, HIPAA training
  • Dental anatomy class to learn about the anatomy of teeth and practice making teeth out of wax (one of the first skills dental students learn)
  • Make a mouth guard - requires making impressions on classmates
  • Simulation patients - These activities build communication skills necessary for patient-provider interactions; students learn how to take a health history or give instructions to patients
  • Drill on a dental model of teeth. Place a filling into the drilled tooth
  • Digital dentistry - scan a mouth model using digital equipment, design a crown for a tooth using computer software

Careers in Dentistry: The scholars will have the opportunity to learn more about careers in dentistry. Opportunities may include:

  • Welcome by the Dean
  • Panel of faculty associated with the 9 dental specialties
  • Career choices beyond private practice
  • Treating underserved and special needs populations
  • Office of Practice Opportunities (e.g., practicing in rural communities, loan repayment programs)
  • Life after dental school - presentation by recent graduates
  • Service in dentistry/outreach opportunities
  • Public policy related to oral healthcare issues

Tours of the dental school

Shadowing of students, residents or faculty in College of Dentistry specialty and comprehensive care clinics

Life of a Dental Student: Presentations

  • How to apply to dental school
  • Advantages of choosing the University of Iowa College of Dentistry
  • Financing dental school
  • Life as a dental student (i.e., panel of dental students)
  • Description of the dental school curriculum
  • Research opportunities as a dental student or undergraduate student

For additional details download the brochure.