UT Southwestern Medical Center
I felt that the people involved in JAMP really do care about you and wish nothing less of your success. They are willing to do what it takes to make sure that you have all the tools to not only overcome the MCAT but also do well as a practicing physician.
How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
Being part of the JAMP program has been such a blessing to me. JAMP has helped both pave the way and alleviate potential barriers that may have hindered me. Through JAMP, I was able to participate in two meaningful summer internships where I learned from peers, medical school faculties and the community the medical schools served. JAMP helped me throughout the entire MCAT preparation by paying for the KAPLAN courses, books and by giving me a strong support system. Aside from academics, JAMP has helped mold me into a more culturally competent and secured individual. From the summer internships, I was able to connect with students of different backgrounds. Despite our differences, we all had commonalities in our stories. This life changing opportunity has afforded me many experiences that will never leave me. Through JAMP, I have procured lifelong friends and mentors.
What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
Honestly, be mindful of every single step. Soak in everything from your summer internships and enjoy being part of this group of highly qualified, passionate and kind individuals. Embrace the good and bad times; don’t let one bad moment steer you towards quitting. Instead, keep your head up, continue working hard and seek help when needed because everything will work out! Lastly, please make sure to have a healthy work life balance. Relax and spend time with friends and families.
What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
First and foremost, the JAMP community was of vast importance to me. The opportunity to connect with medical school faculty and get mentorship at ease gave me peace of mind and much needed confidence. I felt that the people involved in JAMP really do care about you and wish nothing less of your success. They are willing to do what it takes to make sure that you have all the tools to not only overcome the MCAT but also do well as a practicing physician. Two very impactful individuals were Dr. Nguyen and Sandra both at UTSW. I could see how they really cared about the JAMP students. This type of compassion is a general consensus at all participating schools. The support of the JAMP community really gives you a sense of hope, courage and the strength to make it through.