Summer Medical Leadership Program (SMLP)

UVA’s SUMMER MEDICAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (SMLP)

THE NEW INNOVATIVE UVA MEDICAL ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
June 4, 2017 – July 15, 2017

Applications for the 2017 program are no longer being accepted.

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UVA SUMMER MEDICAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (UVA SMLP)
THE NEW INNOVATIVE UVA MEDICAL ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
June 4, 2017 – July 15, 2017

The University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVASOM) will conduct a new innovative medical academic enrichment program, the Summer Medical Leadership Program (SMLP) from June 4 to July 15, 2017. The number one goal of SMLP is to expose the participants to the “real world of medicine” to prepare them not only for admission to medical school but to assume future leadership positions in medicine/biomedical field. SMLP builds on the success of the previous UVASOM medical academic enrichment program (Medical Academic Advancement Program and Summer Medical and Dental Education Program). SMLP is an intensive six-week residential summer medical academic enrichment program for 30 undergraduate students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants.

Since 1984, the University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVASOM) has had a proven solid record of operating outstanding medical academic enrichment program for students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds (i.e. 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 or economically disadvantaged background). The increased representation of these individuals in medicine is of paramount importance to the UVASOM and is in consonance with its mission to improve the health of the people of Virginia in particular and the nation as a whole through education, health care, and research. Below is information related to the success of the UVASOM medical academic enrichment programs for individuals from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds: Data from our participant tracking system indicate that since 1984, over 600 past participants have already obtained their M.D. degrees; 29 of the program alumni are medical school faculty members including a former chairman of Ophthalmology (Dr. Keith Warren). One of the program alumni is a UVASOM faculty member (Dr. Michael Williams) and another is on the UVA School of Nursing faculty (Dr. Randy Jones).

SMLP will be under the direction of Dr. Michael Williams. He is Director of The UVA Center for Health Policy, The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Integration, Director of Emergency General Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery and Public Health Sciences, UVA Health System and School of Medicine, and former UVA SMDEP Principal Investigator and Director and has extensive experience directing medical academic enrichment program for students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds.

SMLP Mission and Goals

  • A lecture series on leadership by distinguished faculty.
  • Provide mentoring by eminent physicians and biomedical researchers.
  • Expose students to the “real world of medicine” through a clinical medicine lecture series on cutting edge topics in health including: health disparities and global health, telemedicine, bioethics and bioterriosm.
  • Expose students to the role of physicians in promoting good health, the fact and fiction surrounding addiction, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS, cancer-current status and future prospects as well as challenges and rewards of a career either in medicine, dentistry and biomedical careers.
  • Expose students to an introduction to obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, emergency medicine, radiation oncology, endocrinology and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Provide extensive opportunities for interaction with physicians via a series entitled “Where Doctor’s Work”. In this series, students visit clinical settings such as the autopsy department, radiology department, cardiology clinic, an assisted living facility, the primary care clinic, internal medicine primary care clinic, and a state-of-the art Simulation Center.
  • Provide personal counseling session where students are assisted in developing a career development program directed toward exploration of the medical and dental professions as well as an individualized education plan that includes identification of other appropriate future development experiences.
  • Provide do’s and don’ts of medical school admissions process with simulated medical school interviews.
  • Provide workshops focusing on opportunity on financial planning, learning skills, test taking, time management, and stress management.
  • Participation opportunity in a medical school recruitment fair during which representatives from several other medical schools meet with the participants to describe their schools’ admission criteria, programs, support services and offer other information about their schools.