UF Health colleges welcome 80 SHPEP scholars for six-week program

The six academic colleges at UF Health are hosting 80 Summer Health Professions Education, or SHPEP, scholars for a six-week enrichment program aimed at generating interest in the health professions. Participants are underrepresented and minority freshman and sophomore college students who will enjoy exposure to many different health care career opportunities, including pharmacy, and receive hands-on training through a skills lab and simulation activities. SHPEP offers a variety of academic and professional experiences such as workshops, lectures and discussions pertaining to success in the health sciences career track. UF College of Pharmacy Dean Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., was among a group of UF Health leaders who welcomed the students to campus during a coating ceremony in May, and UF pharmacy faculty will lead several pharmacy-related activities for the scholars. UF is one of 13 SHPEP sites nationally, and the program is funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.