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Welcome to the LSU-Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
Executive Project/Program Director
Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace, PhD, MS, MNS
Phone Number: (504) 568-3044/(504) 568-8501
Important Dates: November 1, 2016: Application opens ; February 1, 2017: Early Admission Deadline ; March 1, 2017: Regular Admission Deadline
The LSUHSC-New Orleans, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program is designed to improve access to information and resources for college students attending either four-year or community college institutions, who are interested in the health professions. The goal of SHPEP is to support the academic and career development of underrepresented/underserved, and/or rural, and/or disadvantaged students in the health professions, thereby preparing them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. Students of focus include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino, and/or who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. Formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), the SHPEP was expanded in 2016 to include a broader scope of health professions.
All students who meet the Summer Health Professions Education Program eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
Other factors for consideration include that a student:
Program Site Start/End Dates: May 30- July 6, 2017
Overview: The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at LSUHSC-New Orleans is strongly committed to increasing the number of students from underrepresented/underserved, rural, and/or disadvantaged backgrounds who are skilled, confident, and motivated to remain and succeed in challenging academic programs/majors that are designed to support health sciences careers. Therefore, our program will incorporate our Health Sciences Center’s Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health, with support from our Center for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice (CIPECP) and our HBCU partner Xavier University at Louisiana, College of Pharmacy. The skills that will be addressed support the development of inter/intrapersonal, critical thinking, and reasoning competencies, as well as science competencies as defined by the AAMC, but are also relevant to all health professions disciplines. Our program content is crafted around academic enrichment in selected gateway undergraduate basic science and quantitative courses, such as Organic Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and the Introduction to Biostatistics & Epidemiology, as well as topics such as the Introduction to Public Health and Health Policy. Additionally, our program provides professionalism skills and knowledge development in areas of cultural competency, health equity, and National Program Office (NPO)-directed professional careers’ financial planning, as well as social determinants of health, medical ethics, and patient quality initiatives.
Clinical Experience: Scholars will experience limited clinical exposure through seminars and shadowing of highly experienced clinicians in small-group clinical rotations in medicine and dentistry. Additionally, the Clinical Simulation Laboratory Experiences in Small Learning Groups will introduce scholars to clinical reasoning and practice of patient history taking and healthcare interactions with patients, through role playing. Furthermore, students will be provided the opportunity to study the cardiovascular system from the points of view of public health (chronic disease); medicine & clinical skills integration, dentistry w/clinical skills integration, and pharmacogenetics (in collaboration with our HBCU partner Xavier University of Louisiana, College of Pharmacy).
Academic Credit: Yes (Upon request; home institution will most likely accept SHPEP as a science elective course)
Stipend Distribution Schedule: 2 Installments (upon arrival Week 1 and Week 4).
Travel Assistance: Round-trip coach airfare or economy train fare paid up to $500; financial assistance for car travel will be available for participants traveling from outside of the New Orleans area, however, not within the New Orleans area. All travel plans require prior approval, therefore, please contact Program Director.
LSUHSC-New Orleans Housing/Dormitories, 1900 Perdido Street, NOLA 70112
Meals: Debit cards will be provided to all participants for their use in the LSHSC-NO dining hall, 7:30 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Friday, and University Medical Center (UMC) cafeteria, until 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday, the UMC cafeteria is available until 2:30 PM. Additionally, on weeknights and weekends, local restaurants are available and their contact and menu information will be provided during orientation.
Health Insurance: Not provided; although not a condition of eligibility to participate in our program, students will be requested to provide proof of their own health insurance. Access to both emergency and non-emergency services are available and information regarding access to these services will be provided. If there are further questions, please feel free to contact the program administrator.
Social Activities: Information will be distributed regarding activities and ways of travel (Uber and Streetcars) during the orientation; activities occur on the weekends. Places To Visit: Congo Square, Jackson Square, The Cabildo; City Park, the World War II Museum; June Activities: New Orleans Oyster Festival, Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, French Market Creole Tomato Festival, New Orleans Pride, City Park Jazz Concert Series (Wednesday and Thursday evenings); July Activities: Fourth of July Fireworks on the River, ESSENCE Festival.