WesternU SHPEP students participate in a spirometry pulmonary function text during physiology lab. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

Western University of Health Sciences was one of 13 institutions nationwide to host a Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), encouraging students from financially disadvantaged families and groups underrepresented in medicine to enter health professions.

WesternU was honored to host 80 young men and women from across the country for the second 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 grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the UniHealth Foundation to provide an intensive residential summer enrichment program supporting students with fully paid housing and board as well as stipends.

Student demographics include:
• 64 college sophomores
• 58 female
• 39 come from a disadvantaged background
• 38 from the Western US
• 31 Latino
• 23 African American/black
• 11 come from community colleges

Classes and hands-on activities were held in classes and WesternU Patient Care Center rooms at WesternU in Pomona.

Visit http://www.westernu.edu/shpep/ for more information.

Below are social media videos showing what SHPEP scholars experienced.

Optometry Rotation:

Dental Medicine Rotation:

Medicine and Physician Assistant Rotation:

Pharmacy Rotation: 

Nursing Rotation: