SMLP How to Apply

SMLP Summer 2022 Apply Now!

The program will start on Monday, June 6, 2022  and end Friday, July 15, 2022.

Required Materials:

  • Completed online application by March 31st 2022, 11:59 PM EST deadline.  (The recommended browser for completing the application is Google Chrome.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or advisers (due within 7 days after the application deadline)
  • Uploaded copy of your unofficial academic transcript
  • Completed personal statements regarding your experience in healthcare, an obstacle you have overcome and meaningful volunteering or work experience

Application Instructions:

Letters of Recommendation:
Two letters are required. Choose individuals whom know you well and can comment on you aptitude for medical and/or academic abilities. Our application system emails your recommenders with a request to complete our evaluation form.

Undergraduate Transcript:
Upload your most recent unofficial transcript. If coursework has been completed at several institutions, and your recent transcript doesn’t reflect the grades from all courses at all schools, you must submit transcripts from each institution attended.

Personal Statements:

  1. Compose a paragraph describing how COVID-19 has personally affected your life and the lessons you will take from it considering your career in medicine. (400 words)
  2. Compose a paragraph detailing your most meaningful experience in healthcare. This may be from professional or personal history. (400 Word Maximum)
  3. Compose a short paragraph detailing a meaningful work or volunteer experience. (125 Word Maximum)

Online Application Questions:
Central Admissions
Application, recommendation, and transcript questions and issues

Admissions Mailing Address:
Summer Medical Leadership Program
PO Box 800446
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Questions frequently asked by applicants are answered here.

Student Selection Criteria:
Our program has a rolling admission process and applicants will be informed as soon as completed applications are reviewed or on April 1st.
To be eligible for the SMLP, an applicant must:

  • Be an undergraduate college student
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, hold a permanent resident visa, or be a DACA (Dreamer recipient)
  • Come from a disadvantaged background (i.e. economically disadvantaged background, and/or be a part of a racial and/or ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in medicine, and/or from parts of the country such as rural areas, and/or be a first generation college student, and/or meet the American with Disabilities Act requirements, and/or identify as LGBTQIA)
  • Have a GPA of 3.0
  • Submit a strong personal statement and strong letters of recommendation (2)
  • Demonstrate a serious interest in a medical career
  • Note: preference is given to veterans, surviving spouses or children of a veteran killed in the line of duty
  • No applications will be accepted after March 31st, 2022