HPSP 2019

Health Professions Shadowing Program

The Health Professions Shadowing Program (HPSP) is a free summer enrichment program designed to support students interested in gaining a wide range of shadowing and professional development experience. Each summer, the two-week program is offered on the UW-Madison campus, with housing and meals provided. HPSP is jointly coordinated by the Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Office of MD Admissions. After the summer program, HPSP alumni have access to additional advising and resources from CPHA and UW SMPH while continuing their pre-health journeys.

Health Professions Shadowing Program 2022

The HPSP 2022 Cohort has been selected!

The program will run from August 1 – August 12, 2022.

Program Structure

The two-week program offers students a variety of experiences:

  • Network with a wide range of health care professionals, including physicians, faculty, current students, and a wide range of health professionals from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health 
  • Professional development workshops put on by CPHA and University of Wisconsin-Madison campus partners
  • Panels with current professional program students (M.D., PA, MPH, PT, O.T., PharmD, etc.) and professional program admissions representatives
  • Learn about current trends in health care and increase understanding of health disparities of both rural and urban communities in Wisconsin
  • Continued advising and resources provided by the Center for Pre-Health Advising and the SMPH Office of MD Admissions

Other activities may include:

  • Improv workshop to strengthen communication skills among peers and patients
  • Visiting a charitable pharmacy
  • Volunteering with local community organizations
  • Social events (Skyzone, group lunches, ice cream social, volleyball game, movie screenings)

2022 Program Dates

The 2022 program runs from Monday, August 1st, 2022, to Friday, August 12th, 2022. 

COVID-19 Considerations

HPSP participants must follow all UW-Madison, SMPH, and Dane County Public Health COVID-19 protocols while participating in the program. Unfortunately, Madison area hospitals and clinics are not currently offering in-person shadowing. While the status of in-person shadowing for August 2022 remains unknown, HPSP will offer virtual shadowing opportunities if in-person shadowing is not possible.


Typically 15-20 students participate in each HPSP cohort. Over 75 students have participated in the program since its inception in 2015.

Program Costs

Program costs are fully sponsored by the Center for Pre-Health Advising and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Office of MD Admissions. In addition, we will work with participants to coordinate transportation, tech, or meal needs during the duration of the program.

The only potential cost participants will need to budget for is purchasing business attire if they do not own any already. Please feel free to utilize the SuccessWorks Career Closet if needed!


In typical years, students shadow a variety of health care professionals at UW Hospital and other area affiliated hospitals and clinics:


HPSP supports students interested in pursuing professional health care programs post-graduation. BIPOC students, LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, first-generation students, and students from rural or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Participants must be current UW-Madison undergraduates at the time of the program and U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients.

How to Apply

Applications open every December and are typically due in early to mid-February. The application process includes a Qualtrics application and submission of a recorded interview. Finalists will be invited to complete live interviews with the program selections committee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can international students apply to HPSP?
Unfortunately, HPSP is unable to consider international students at this time. Due to partnership and funding restrictions, participants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients. However, we welcome and encourage international students to use all other resources from the Center for Pre-Health Advising.

If I am an incoming freshman, may I apply?
We’re excited for you to start your time at UW-Madison! However, only currently enrolled students who have completed two semesters of coursework at UW-Madison (or transfer students) can apply for HPSP.

Can I continue working at my job during the program?
Students must participate in all scheduled programming, which begins around 8:00 AM and concludes between 4:00 – 7:00 PM Monday – Friday. Students may spend some evenings working on their final projects. Since we do not have scheduled programming on weekends, students can use that time however they would like.

Will I be shadowing the same provider the whole time?
In typical years, each student is paired with a different provider each day and will gain over 30 hours of shadowing experience over eight days. We ask for student preferences but cannot guarantee placement. However, we believe that exploring a variety of professions will help you understand career options in health care and develop a better understanding of how the system operates overall.

How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect HPSP 2022?
In-person shadowing was not possible for HPSP 2021. While the status of in-person shadowing remains unknown, we are cautiously optimistic for in-person shadowing for HPSP 2022. We will provide more information about the format of HPSP 2022 during finalist interviews.

Contact Us

Questions? Please reach out to Lauren Anderson, HPSP Director, at lauren.anderson@wisc.edu.

Find a list of coordinators and advisors for the Health Professions Shadowing Program (HPSP) below:

Molly Reinhard
Director, Pre-Professional Advising
Centers for Pre-Health & Pre-Law Advising
University of Wisconsin-Madison
(608) 262-1392

Melissa Harrell Robinson
Pathway Programs Director
Office of M.D. Admissions
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
(608) 265-1890

Yer Lee
Pathways Programs Coordinator
Office of M.D. Admissions
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
(608) 265-6344