University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
JAMP provides a ton of valuable resources, however for me, the one that I found was the most beneficial, was the mentorships and friendships that I formed throughout the internships. During that time, I met a several professors, staff, and students that have greatly helped me through various semesters and the medical school process.
My name is Dominique Johnson and I am a 2019 December graduate of Baylor University. I will be starting at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) as the class of 2024! I am super excited to take another step in becoming a physician. At this time, I am really interested in pediatrics, OBGYN, and maternal and fetal health, however, I am open and ready to learn about all specialties!
How was JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
JAMP has given me so many opportunities that I am beyond thankful for and they have truly helped me learn about myself and the medical profession. Both summer internships were such an eye-opening experience into medical school and what it truly means to pursue a career as a medical professional. The MCAT prep books, courses, practice test and reviews were my best friends for the longest time and really gave me a leg up while studying. But what I think JAMP has really done for me in terms of becoming a doctor is showing me what my strengths and weakness are in a constructive manner. It has truly helped me with my interpersonal skills and how I interact with others, which I believe are both essential components for physicians to have.
What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
If I could give anyone interested in JAMP or currently in JAMP advice I would encourage them to take all course work and MCAT preparation as seriously as possible. During the first summer, MCAT preparation starts very fast and continues up until the week before the test. Quite frankly, it is a long time to study and easy to get burned out. However, if you remember your goal and continue to strive for it then it should all work out. I would also advise that you take full advantage of everything that is offered and all the resources that are provided.
What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
JAMP provides a ton of valuable resources, however for me, the one that I found was the most beneficial, was the mentorships and friendships that I formed throughout the internships. During that time, I met a several professors, staff, and students that have greatly helped me through various semesters and the medical school process. They answered any questions that I had, gave advice, and helped me practice for interviews. I think it is beneficial to have people who are going through the same thing as you because they can relate to the fast deadlines and different MCAT preparations. It’s also encouraging to know that so many people believe in you and your dreams of becoming a healthcare provider.