Summer Medical Leadership Program (SMLP)

  • SMLP Class of 2019

Application for the 2023 Summer Cohort will open in October 2022


The University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVASOM) is conducting an innovative medical academic enrichment program, the Summer Medical Leadership Program (SMLP). 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 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.

SMLP is under the direction of Dr. Taison Bell. Dr. Bell is the Assistant Professor of Medicine in the divisions of Infectious Disease and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine as well as the Assistant Director of the Medical ICU. Dr. Bell has led UVA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is highly invested in teaching and is the director of a multidisciplinary mechanical ventilation course taught to critical care fellows at UVA. He is consistently rated as one of the top teaching attendings in the department of medicine. In addition, his interests are in improving inpatient health care delivery through quality improvement initiatives and increasing workforce diversity.