Western University of Health Sciences is one of 12 institutions nationwide hosting a Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), encouraging students from financially disadvantaged families and groups underrepresented in medicine to enter health professions.

WesternU is hosting 80 young men and women from across the country who are eager to jump-start their career in the health professions for the third year in a row.

The program provides opportunities for rising college sophomores and juniors interested in medicine, podiatric medicine, dental medicine, optometry, physical therapy, nursing, physician assistant and other health professions.

WesternU received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide an intensive residential summer enrichment program supporting students with fully paid housing and board as well as stipends.

Students will be housed at Pitzer College in Claremont. A welcome orientation session and white coat ceremony are scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Harvey Mudd College’s R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning in Claremont.

Classes and hands-on activities begin Monday, June 24, 2019, and will be held at WesternU in Pomona. They’re scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Thursday. The morning sessions will offer mostly lectures and physiology labs, while the afternoon sessions will include mostly hands-on activities.

Six SHPEP graduates will return to the program as Resident Peer Advisors (RPA).

To get a glimpse into what to expect at SHPEP, please check out these Facebook galleries from last year: