Summer Medical & Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

  • Purpose: To provide structured review for medical students in preparation for re-examinations to remove deficiencies in basic science courses.
  • Program: Faculty and medical student tutors run scheduled review sessions in summer. Re- examination is prepared and administered by faculty. Attendance is required.
  • Participants: First and second year medical students with unsatisfactory grades in one or two courses during the previous academic year.

The SMDEP program is administered by the Office of Medical Education, which schedules informal, small-group, and individual tutorials during the regular academic year. These sessions are intended to enable freshman and sophomore medical students to improve their performance in the required subjects by frequent review and discussion. In addition, workshops aid students in acquiring techniques of organizing information for individual review and content analysis and in the development of critical thinking skills. These workshops are offered during freshman orientation and during the regular academic year.

Howard University College of Medicine is one of the 13 participating institutions of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. The SMDEP is a six-week residential summer program for minority and disadvantaged pre-med and pre-dental students who have completed their freshman or sophomore year in college. The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a cooperative venture of the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Arts and Sciences. Students enrolled in the program take two sciences courses from the following offerings: genetics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics.

For more information, see: or call toll-free (866) 58-SMDEP

Summer Directed Study Program (SDSP)

The Summer Directed Study Program (SDSP) is designed to enhance preparation for further medical study and increase retention of students enrolled in the College of Medicine. A student may be eligible to attend SDSP if he/she has no more than two (2) transcript unsatisfactory grades during the freshman year and during the sophomore year.