Mount Pleasant, Texas
Texas A&M University - Commerce
Texas Tech Health Science Center - Lubbock
With the help of JAMP stipends and scholarships, I have the opportunity to continue striving towards my goal of becoming a physician instead of it being merely a dream.
How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
JAMP has helped me immensely by removing the financial burden of applying to medical school. Coming from a low-income family of eight, I would not have the financial means to purchase MCAT prep material, travel across Texas for interviews, or pay the application fees. With the help of JAMP stipends and scholarships, I have the opportunity to continue striving towards my goal of becoming a physician instead of it being merely a dream.
What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
I would tell current and future JAMP students to take full advantage of all mentors, instructors, and coordinators at each internship. These individuals can help provide personal advice like paying for medical school, the school vs life balance, and resources available for first-generation and low income medical students. Furthermore, they know the rigor of becoming a physician and can be part of your support system along the way.
What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
The most beneficial aspect of JAMP has definitely been the friendships and mentors I’ve gained throughout the summer internships. Through my OB/GYN preceptorship at UTHSC Long School of Medicine, I met my mentor, Dr. Biskamp. Seven months after the internship, he continues to provide advice about life as a medical student, organizations and research teams to join at TTUHSC SOM, and how to prepare myself for an OB/GYN residency. Many pre-med students aren’t lucky enough to have this type of mentorship with their preceptor. With the help of JAMP, however, I built a strong relationship with Dr. Biskamp during those five weeks and continue to seek him for guidance.