August 12, 2005
Ellen Cost, the acting director of financial aid at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, recently presented a session on financial aid to prospective students participating in a summer medical education program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Cost, who has more than 30 years of experience in financial aid, served most of that time as director of financial aid for Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
The UMFK financial aid officer was first asked to participate in the program several years ago when at Tufts, and has since been asked to return each year.
The Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP), formerly the Minority Medical Education Program, has a long and distinguished history as a national academic enrichment program that helps promising, highly motivated students gain admission to medical school.
The six week program prepares students for the competitive medical school admission process.
For her part, Cost delivered a half-day financial planning workshop.
Created in 1988, and funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the summer program accepts undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who are interested in careers in the health professions.
SMEP is committed to helping create a well-trained, diverse physician and health professions workforce, and is therefore intended for students who are strong advocates for diversity and/or who come from groups that are underrepresented in medicine.
The session offers an intensive preparatory program providing eligible students personalized medical school preparation.
Offered free of charge to participants, the program is located at eleven medical school sites around the country.