Academic Enrichment and Collaborative Programs

Current 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 Sophie Davis BS/DDS Pilot Program Collaboration

The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York is dedicated to producing broadly-educated, highly-skilled primary care practitioners to provide quality services to underserved communities.  The dental program is designed as a seven-year integrated curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degrees.  During the first five years of the program, students will fulfill all requirements for the BS degree and complete the pre-clinical portion of the dental school curriculum, including pre-clinical dental laboratory techniques.  After successfully completing the five-year sequence leading to the BS degree, students then transfer to the cooperating dental school for their final two years of clinical training.  The BS degree is conferred by The City College, while the dental school to which the student transfers will award the DDS degree.  The students in the program will eventually transfer to Columbia College of Dental Medicine.  New recruitment for the program is currently on hiatus.

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)