Academic Enrichment and Collaborative Programs

Dental and Medical students serve as SMDEP RA/TAs for Summer 2013

Summer Medical & Dental Education Program

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is supported by grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The SMDEP is a 6-week summer enrichment program for pre-dental and pre-medical freshman, sophomore and community college students belonging to groups underrepresented in the dental and medical professions.  Eighty such students (including 20 pre-dental students) will participate in the SMDEP at Columbia each summer.  Students are provided academic enrichment in the basic sciences, elective courses (e.g., current topics in health), learning skills seminars, clinical exposure, career development services and financial planning assistance from faculty/instructors within Columbia’s CDM, College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S), Biological Sciences department, and Scholarly Resources department.  Additionally, current CDM and P&S students serve as resident advisors/teaching assistants for the program, providing academic assistance, organizing social activities, and providing other support as needed.

SMDEP Program Information & Application:

Columbia SMDEP Dental Contact Person:

Dr. Dennis A. Mitchell
Co-Principal Investigator
630 West 168th Street, P&S Box 20
New York, NY 10032
212-342-3714 (phone)
212-305-3142 (fax)

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students to increase interest and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. SPHSP is a partnership between Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University School of Nursing and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Together they represent the broad spectrum of public health practice. SPHSP grant funding was awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE).

The program is designed for undergraduates in their sophomore or junior year, and recent baccalaureate degree students, who are undecided about their career goals and who have a minimal GPA of 2.5. The program includes Public Health course work at Columbia University;hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders, and mentoring by faculty members, ensuring students exposure to the breadth and importance of public health as a career option.

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)