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Name of Program: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP) - For Level I Participants

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Application Dates: The application process for SPAEP will officially open online December 1, 2015 and will close February 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

Program Start and End Dates: June 6, 2016 through July 22, 2016 (Participants are expected to arrive to the University of Pittsburgh main campus on Sunday, June 5, 2016 and depart Saturday, July 23, 2016).

Who Should Apply: The program is open to individuals who are entering their sophomore and junior year of college. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of the program.

LEVEL I Program Overview: This is an intensive, residential seven week program. Level 1 involves two classes, MedBio and Med English. Together, they comprise ~170 hours of instruction over the course of the program. The curriculum of MedBio is built around 6 diseases. For each, students participate in talks on epidemiology, physiology, pharmacology and molecular biology pertaining to the disease. Each unit also includes talks by clinicians who specialize in the disease, lab activities and clinical pathology conferences where the students examine autopsy specimens from patients with that disease. Although the course is non-credit, students take exams, and turn in homework and lab reports. Additionally, participants will gain exposure through a diverse range of settings including shadowing individual clinicians and group brown bag sessions with highly experienced and expert clinicians. Upon completion of this seven week program, students will be more aware of the urgent need for health care professionals in medically underserved communities and of the educational pathways that lead to providing medical services to underserved populations.

This program targets students who have been traditionally underrepresented in medicine.

Level I Program Requirements: All applicants must complete a personal statement (word count of 1500 characters including spacing). Personal statements should provide a relevant description of the desire to study medicine and a clearly defined expectation of what one hopes to gain from being involved in SPAEP.

Applicants must provide a copy of their current transcript (transcripts can be unofficial) and two letters of recommendation from faculty and/or an academic counselor from their current institution. Applicants should also provide a listing of any research, shadowing and volunteering experiences that have been acquired.

Program Information:

Stipend: Participants are provided $1000 for their involvement in the program. Distribution of funds will be made in two equal parts. Half of the stipend will be disbursed in June and the other half will be disbursed at the end of the program in July.

Travel Assistance: Travel assistance is provided to students who live outside of the Southwestern, Pennsylvania area.

Housing: Participants will reside on the University of Pittsburgh main campus in a fully air-conditioned dormitory. The dormitory is co-ed, but men and women are on separate floors. A student coordinator (SC) will also reside in the dormitory with SPAEP participants for the duration of the seven week program. Students will be placed in double room accommodations or in a suite that can occupy up to four persons.

Meals: Meal tickets are provided as part of the program.

Health Insurance: Applicants must submit proof of health insurance for participation.

Health Record Information: Applicants must provide updated health record information to participate in the program prior to the start of the program.

Citizenship Status: Applicants must provide proof of US citizenship or permanent resident status.

Contact Information: Diversity Programs Office
Phone Number: 412-648-8987
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SPAEP Application for the summer 2016 application year will open early December 2015.

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