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Heidi Pargas

Heidi Pargas

Heidi Pargas

Hometown

Laredo, Texas

Undergraduate

Texas A&M University

Medical School

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

JAMP provides us with so many opportunities because they want to see us succeed. The internships they provide not only help you grow academically, but they help you grow socially as well.

How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?

JAMP provides us with so many opportunities because they want to see us succeed. The internships they provide not only help you grow academically, but they help you grow socially as well. Coming back from these internships, I always felt so enriched with all the new information I had gained. They taught us various skills that we will use for the future like CPR, making casts, how to direct a patient visit, and so much more. They provide us with a whole new perspective on how to view the world in order to be successful in medical school. Aside from the academic aspect, the internships prepared me socially. Coming out of this, I was able to feel comfortable in front of people when speaking about medicine or science in general. Not only that, JAMP gives us Kaplan courses and MCAT prep books. This took off so much pressure financially because I would not have been able to buy all of it on my own. JAMP provided me with so many tools that I otherwise would not have been able to get.

 

 

What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?

Some advice I would give future students is that if you are planning to apply to JAMP, do it. When I was applying, I kept doubting myself, but I’m glad that everyone in my life encouraged me to apply to this amazing program because it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. For current students, enjoy every second of your internships and don’t take them for granted. Get to know the mentors and the preceptors there because they have been in your spot before and you can learn so much from them. I made lifelong friends and connections through these internships, so I would say take full advantage of everything that is given to you.

 

What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?

One of the most beneficial things that I received from JAMP was the guidance they provided throughout all of the journey to medical school. This journey can be so daunting, and JAMP really provided amazing mentors throughout the internships that really helped me with questions that I had. Along with mentors, the JFDs are all amazing. They care so much for you, and all they hope is for your success. JAMP is like a family, and their encouragement and help throughout the years have really made an impact in my life.