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Established by a major national grant by the Robert Wood Foundation, the Summer Medical Dental Education Program at the University of Virginia began 29 years ago to provide under-represented minority students with information and to help them become more competitive candidates for medical schools nationally. UVA’s SMDEP program has since become one of the nation's leading medical school preparatory programs for minority and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Please explore this site to find testimonials and success stories of our esteemed graduates.
To be eligible for the UVA SMDEP, an applicant must:
be a freshman or sophomore college student
be a U.S. Citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
come from a disadvantaged background (i.e., economically disadvantaged background, racial and ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in medicine or from parts of the country such as rural areas where residents have been historically underrepresented in medicine)
have a minimum GPA of 2.50
submit a strong personal statement and strong letters of recommendation
demonstrate a serious interest in a medical career