Technical assistance and direction for RWJF's Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, 2012-2013

The Foundation's Summer Medical and Dental Education Program was designed to develop and implement a six-week academic enrichment program for undergraduate college students from minority groups, from rural areas, and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or dentistry.This renewal provides technical assistance and direction for the Foundation's Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), in which the National Program Office (NPO) operates 12 sites for 6 weeks and serves close to 1,000 students. SMDEP is a free, summer academic enrichment program for undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented groups interested in careers in medicine or dentistry. Scholars receive the tools and coursework necessary to be more successful in their journey to medical and dental school. The NPO will continue to enhance its outreach and regional recruitment activities and tracking of scholars completing the program. This year, the NPO is making more accessible SMDEP science curriculum content for students, faculty, and administrators among the 12 sites as well as to pipeline programs outside of SMDEP. The program is under the direction of Marc Nivet, Ed.D, chief diversity officer, Association of American Medical Colleges, and Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., executive director, American Dental Education Association.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $999,943.00

Awarded on: 8/13/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013

Grant Number: 70288


Association of American Medical Colleges

655 K Street, N.W., Suite 100
Washington, 20001-2399


Marc A. Nivet
Project Director

Richard W. Valachovic
Project Director