Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)


Established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), SMDEP is a free six-week residential program for first and second year college students interested in medicine and dentistry. This program follows the former MMEP and SMEP programs.

Hosted at 12 institutions across the nation, the program aims to assist students who represent economic, geographic, cultural,  racial, and ethnic diversity in their pursuit of gaining admission to both medical and dental school.

As health care disparities continue to persist, SMDEP is committed to developing a diverse medical and dental workforce as they will be well-suited to address such gaps


To be eligible students must:

  • Be a freshman or sophomore college student OR a community college student
  • Be from an economically disadvantaged background; a racial or ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in medicine and dentistry; or a part of the country where residents have been historically underrepresented in medicine and dentistry
  • Be a US citizen or have Permanent Residency Status
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5


In order to apply to the SMDEP program at Columbia University, go to Make sure to choose Columbia University as one of the sites when prompted.

All applications go through the national website and are then funneled to individual sites. If you have questions about the application, contact the SMDEP National site directly. If you have questions about the SMDEP program at Columbia University, contact the SMDEP Program Coordinator at

Program dates for Summer 2016: Friday, June 17 - Friday, July 29

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the SMDEP team at Columbia University:

Columbia University,
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
630 West 168th Street, Suite 3-401
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-305-4157