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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

    Brandilyn Monene
    Hometown:
    Arlington, Texas
    Undergraduate University:
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Matched Medical School:
    McGovern Medical School

     

    "The amount of support and motivation the JAMP family provides is one of the most defining characteristics of this program. Knowing that I am surrounded by a network of individuals who share my joy in learning about medical pursuits, enhanced my undergraduate experience and summer internship."

    How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
    Through this program I gained a unique opportunity to participate in a summer internship, where I obtained knowledge about the inner workings of the clinical lifestyle and the pressures faced by the healthcare providers. Through various educational forums, I honed my critical thinking and analysis skills by engaging in enlightening discussions. Mentorships offered with current medical students enriched my understanding on how the day-to-day experience of medical school will look like. This summer experience was truly enlightening and filled with self discovery, reaffirming my motivation for pursuing medicine.  

    What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
    Life is too short to just simply live in a moment. Throughout each and every life experience take time to self-reflect and learn something new about yourself. Do not be afraid to learn and evolve because you may be surprised at what you might discover about yourself.

    What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
    The amount of support and motivation the JAMP family provides is one of the most defining characteristics of this program. Knowing that I am surrounded by a network of individuals who share my joy in learning about medical pursuits, enhanced my undergraduate experience and summer internship. I had the opportunity to meet a wide range of individuals from different backgrounds and connect along this common thread to form meaningful relationships that will undoubtedly follow me into medical school and beyond. However, this network extends to encompass not only current students, but program managers, coordinators, and even past alumni, who are always willing to lend a helping hand.

    About Brandilyn:
    I am a first generation Kenyan-American, pursing a degree in Microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin. As an alternate who transitioned into the program, my experience has been uniquely shaped. I am truly grateful for the life-long friends I made through JAMP, and the opportunities and resources it afforded me. I reaped the benefits of the JAMP community at UT through the continued motivation and support provided throughout my journey.

    My summer experience was completed at Mcgovern Medical School, where I will be attending this upcoming fall. I am excited to see my aspirations come closer to fruition as I embark on this new journey. I endeavor to utilize all of the insight gained within this program in my future career in the healthcare field.