The University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
No amount of words can describe the investment each JAMP faculty had for us. Everyone was genuine, meaningful, and ready to put in the work to get us where we needed to be. JAMP gave me endless support and resources to achieve my dream of becoming a doctor.
My name is Tien Quynh Nguyen. I am Vietnamese American that identifies strongly with my Catholic faith. Being the oldest of three siblings, my parents are stoked to have their first daughter pursue a career in medicine. I began my journey at a dual degree program, obtaining both my high school diploma and Associate of Arts at Lone Star College in 2016. Then, I obtained my Bachelor of Science and Arts in Human Development and Family Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin in 2018. By the grace of God, I will also be attending The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine this upcoming Fall of 2020. With the long journey up ahead, may your continued support keep me motivated in following this vocation.
How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
The Joint Admission Medical Program has helped me pursue my goal in medicine by providing MCAT prep, internships, clinical enrichment opportunities, mentoring, scholarships, and an automatic admission to one of the participating Texas medical schools. No amount of words can describe the investment each JAMP faculty had for us. Everyone was genuine, meaningful, and ready to put in the work to get us where we needed to be. JAMP gave me endless support and resources to achieve my dream of becoming a doctor. It has been an absolute honor to be part of this ongoing program.
What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
My advice to current or future JAMP students is to always remember where you came from. Medicine is constantly evolving, but the JAMP community will continue to be there for you. I suggest enjoying your breaks while you can and using that time to build character. I want to see you travel, improve your crafts, and put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Time must be used to your utmost satisfaction. In times of struggles - relax, reflect, plan, and don’t cause yourself more stress. What keeps me grounded in this journey of medicine is the following quote, “Do your best, prepare for the worst, then trust God to bring you victory.” I wish everyone the best in their path to medicine.
What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
Friendship and opportunities are the aspects of JAMP that have been the most beneficial to me. When I say friendship, I mean the network built from JAMP. It means the diverse skills and talents that will be forever integrated into my daily routine. As for opportunities, the summer internships and preceptorships gave me the most insight into the life of a medical student and physician. I got to experience team-building exercises, new cities, different medical courses, anatomy labs, residents day-to-day schedule, and patients with uncurable cases. Every encounter has been super rewarding, and I look forward to taking these experiences with me into my future career.