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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

    Jeremiah Gress
    Hometown:
    Cedar Park, Texas
    Undergraduate University:
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Matched Medical School:
    UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine

     

    " Between the summer programs, community within your cohort and the structure of the application process, JAMP provides its members with abundant exposure to the reality of medical school. The culmination of these experiences offers hopeful medical students the insight they require to feel sure of themselves moving forwards towards medical school. This is what JAMP did for me."

    How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
    After joining my JAMP cohort, I felt much more sure of my path towards medical school. Not only had I made the commitment to attend medical school, but this program committed themselves towards getting me there. This group of people showed me that they had confidence in my ability to succeed in medical school. As I have continued to pray and contemplate the profession I have been called to, the experiences JAMP has provided me have helped to bring forth the external affirmation needed to reinforce my internal desire to become a physician. Not only have I now found admission into an incredible medical school, but the summer program experience I received lent me conducive insight into my future as a physician. 

    What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
    For future JAMP students, I would really invite you to consider your motivation for seeking out this path. If you feel that you truly have a deep conviction to commit your life to serving others through improving their health, then this program is invaluable to you. If you commit yourself to serving others through such an arduous medium, then you will find your way there and great programs, such as JAMP, will help you along the way. 

    For current students, I have the same advice; but would modify it slightly. I would encourage you to consider your motivation for this pursuit- search it out, refine it, and cling to it. The program will offer you an unbelievable amount of support, but you should make sure you are preparing yourself to be the best you can be throughout it all; this comes whenever you have a true purpose behind your pursuit of medicine.

    What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
    Obviously, guaranteed admission is a huge benefit of being a "JAMPer"; yet, I think it is part of something bigger for its recipients. The biggest benefit of this program lies in the assurance that it provides for those seeking to become a physician. Between the summer programs, community within your cohort and the structure of the application process, JAMP provides its members with abundant exposure to the reality of medical school. The culmination of these experiences offers hopeful medical students the insight they require to feel sure of themselves moving forwards towards medical school. This is what JAMP did for me. Now I feel a peace about spending the next four years learning the craft of medicine, so that I might serve my God and my fellow man as a physician.

    About Jeremiah:
    For years I have wanted to end up in the field of medicine, but never knew exactly why. I think when I was younger, I just found medicine interesting from a career standpoint. Becoming a doctor seemed like such a worthy dream. 

    As I got older though, my interest in medicine grew as I not only fell in love with science, but also with people. After my faith took somewhat of a growth-spurt towards the end of my high school years, my heart became set on serving people for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I became very apt in the sciences and continued to enjoy and succeed in my pre-medical course; so, it seemed that all roads continued to lead to medical school. 

    With the help of JAMP and the Lord himself, I was able to cruise into the interview process with a deep assurance that I was on the right path. That path has now led me towards the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio for the next 4 years. Lord willing, I will train there to bring me another step closer to becoming an orthopedic trauma surgeon; so that I may spend every day of the rest of my life helping to deliver my fellow man in times of traumatic distress.