The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program is hosted at twelve participating AAMC member institutions around the nation. The program offers pre-medical and pre-dental students a variety of academic and career experiences that will support their dental and medical school career preparation. Two of our officers Erica Qiao, Director of Project Management and Jaymar Golveo, Director of Community Outreach participated in SMDEP at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Dentistry for six weeks.
“SMDEP at UWSOM/D has solidified my direction in pursuing a career in medicine. Upon acceptance, I had no idea that this program would help me prepare for medical school or that it would change my perception of our community, the OR, the patient… I highly recommend this program to anyone that is interested in the medical/dental field and wish and be active in the concerning topics in our healthcare field.” -Erica Qiao UWSMDEP Medical Program 2015 Alumni
“There are no words that properly describe my SMDEP experience. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. Being surrounded by individuals who are passionate about serving humanity propelled me to grow and work harder for my dreams. This program was truly a blessing in my life, and I am so grateful for the opportunity that was handed to me and the connections that I have made. If you desire to serve others in the field of medicine or dentistry in the future, I absolutely recommend this program.” – Jaymar Golveo UWSMDEP Dental Program 2015 Alumni
After shadowing healthcare professionals and speaking to medical and dental students for six weeks, Erica and Jaymar learned that mentorship comes a long way. This school year, they set a goal for themselves to mentor and spread the word about SMDEP. Erica invited UWSOM CEDI Program Director, Felicity Ana Abeyta-Hendrix and Jaymar invited SMDEP alumni speakers on campus to speak to students about their concerns about the application and experiences.
On November 6, Erica and Jaymar hosted a 2 hour long SMDEP Panel that enabled potential applicants to learn about the program and how to properly apply for the program. The event began with introductions, and a presentation by Felicity on the application process. Then, the floor opened up to the SMDEP alumni, where they first discussed their experiences through pictures, followed by students asking them questions about their shocks, dorm life, pros&cons, post-program...
As a result, there were roughly about 15 students who came and were interested in applying to SMDEP. Overall, it was a successful event. It is essential that more students are aware of life changing opportunities like this. Granted, Erica and Jaymar want to spread the word about this program so others can experience the amount of growth and motivation that they experienced over the summer. As our own little institution, we must represent the talented, young, and brilliant minded individuals that we have at UWB, and we are able to do it through this program.
For more information regarding this program, please visit - http://smdep.org
We appreciate the people and organizations that made this program possible:
University of Washington School of Medicine and Dentistry | Center for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | Summer Medical & Dental Education Program
Felicity Abeyta-Hendrix | UWSOM CEDI Program Coordinator
Samira Shokati | Pre-Dental Student studying at GreenriverCollege
Phoebe Keryte | Pre-Nursing Student studying at Northwest Indian College