University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Long School of Medicine
Words cannot express my gratitude to the JAMP program for everything it has provided for me in the process toward becoming a medical doctor.
I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field very early on during my elementary school years. Biology had always fascinated me, and this passion intensified during my time in undergraduate school. I have since been admitted to a medical school here in Texas.
My greatest aspiration is that once I get my medical degree, I want to provide medical care in my hometown and give back to the communities I grew up in, since I know they are in great need of medical care.
How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
The JAMP program has been of great help in my path of becoming a physician. It has provided me with numerous resources such as: MCAT exam preparation material together with advice for a good score, JAMP summer internships, and a one-on-one personal mentor, just to name a few of the many. I was given the opportunity of having first-hand exposure to medical schools, hospitals, and clinics. During the internships, I connected with current medical students who gave me their advice, their story, and what they wish they would have known when they were undergraduates. During this experience, I was fortunate to get an inside look of what life is like as a medical student.
What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
My advice to JAMP students is to set yourself a goal and go after it with conviction. It may sound cliche, but I have found it to be true. Another piece of advice is not to underestimate the importance of the MCAT because it is not just a regular knowledge test, but a critical thinking one as well.
What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
One of the most beneficial aspects I have encountered in the JAMP program is the amazing people I have met. I found these people to be very highly motivated. Since they were coming from very diverse backgrounds, I was able to learn much from their experiences and their interesting stories. All these experiences enriched not only my student life, but my personal life as well. Words cannot express my gratitude to the JAMP program for everything it has provided for me in the process toward becoming a medical doctor.