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  • Dr. Natalie Diaz

    Psychiatry
    JAMP Alumna

    "Coming from an economically disadvantaged family, I could never have afforded the MCAT training course to help me prepare for one of the most important tests of my life. JAMP provided me with free access to Kaplan and to a summer intensive MCAT course."

    Read more about Dr. Diaz's journey.

     

    Featured JAMP Students

    Benjamin Pilgrim
    Hometown:
    Deer Park, Texas
    Undergraduate University:
    University of Houston - Downtown
    Matched Medical School:
    The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

     

    "JAMP provided me with the game-plan, scholarships, summer internships, and MCAT preparation that I needed so that I could focus more on learning and experiencing the medical field. Because of the experiences I gained and the guidance of medical students and faculty associated with JAMP I was better able to build an application that guaranteed my acceptance to a Texas medical school."

    How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
    JAMP has been my most helpful resource on my path to becoming a doctor. When I decided medicine was what I wanted to do I was prepared for it to take me much longer than it did. JAMP provided me with the game-plan, scholarships, summer internships, and MCAT preparation that I needed so that I could focus more on learning and experiencing the medical field. Because of the experiences I gained and the guidance of medical students and faculty associated with JAMP I was better able to build an application that guaranteed my acceptance to a Texas medical school.

    What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
    Engage and make friends with other JAMP students, medical students, and faculty during the internships. Ask plenty of questions. These friends, mentors, and other networking connections will only make becoming a doctor easier. Reflect on who you are frequently and make efforts to improve yourself as a person. Finally, do not over stress yourself because anxiety will only make your life harder. For me, the hardest part of trying to be a successful pre-med student was not so much the coursework or difficult material but the stress and fear of failure and embarrassment. If you can let go of these feelings it will empower you to succeed.

    What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
    The two summer internships at the Texas medical schools were most enlightening for me. These experiences went a long way in assuring me that I knew what I was getting myself into. Because of them I had a more realistic understanding of medicine and of being a medical student than the average pre-med. This helped me with my personal statements, my interviews, and my own peace of mind.