2016 SHEP FlyerOverview

The Summer Health Enrichment Program (SHEP) at the UAB School of Medicine is designed to offer talented undergraduate students from the state of Alabama an experience that will enhance their opportunity for a career in medicine. Instruction in professionalism, basic science, interviewing skills, clinical and research experiences, professional exam preparation and exposure to ethnically and culturally diverse workplaces are program components that will enable participants to increase their ability to become competitive in the medical school process. The cost of the program is free and on campus housing is available.

Summer 2016 Program Date: June 13– July 15, 2016



Applicants must:

  • have a 3.0 GPA and a 2.75 in the sciences;
  • be a resident of the U.S.;  
  • have a critical reading SAT score of at least 500, mathematics score of at least 400, and a writing score of at least 490 or an ACT score of at least 19;
  • have not participated in SHEP previously; and
  • must not be enrolled in any 2016 summer classes.

Enrichment Activities

Clinical Experiences
Extensive opportunities for interaction with physicians, optometrist, dentist and other health care related fields will be provided. Each participant will visit a healthcare provider at UAB or in the community weekly. Each health care professional will use their allotted time with participants to showcase their specialty area, intellectual content, necessary skills, general patient population, interaction with other professionals, advantages and disadvantages of their practice type (academic, community-based, group practice, solo practice, etc.), patient advocacy, community health promotion, job availability and potential leisure time. Each participant will have a professional interview with an admissions committee member.

Laboratory Experiences
Students will rotate in the clinical instruction lab with simulated patients to develop skills in obtaining the medical and social history. They will also have the opportunity rotate through the emergency room to view emergency patient situations.

Lunch Lectures
Lunch hours will be spent with premier health care professionals who will discuss contemporary health care issues, reflection on shadowing experiences, medical ethics and professionalism in medicine.

Community Service Activities
Program participants will have an opportunity to serve the community through various activities during the six-week program.

Professional Development

Academic Classes
Professional exam preparation classes, organic chemistry, physics, verbal reasoning and interviewing skills

Writing Classes
Students will receive instruction and editorial feedback for personal statements and resumes for the medical school admission process.

CPR Certification

All program participants will receive CPR training.

Interviewing Skills Seminars
Students are prepared for professional school admissions process through mock interviews. Participants will receive instruction in professional school admissions criteria and process, desirable personal and educational characteristics, interview questions, questions to ask interviewers and general "do's and don'ts." Participants will be interviewed by members of the admissions committee and will receive written and verbal feedback from their interviewers.


Stipend and housing contingent upon program funding.