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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

    Lina Ha
    Hometown:
    College Station, Texas
    Undergraduate University:
    Texas A&M University
    Medical School:
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School

    "The summer preceptorships have benefitted me the most from JAMP. Through them, I received a preview on the rigorous pace and difficulty of actual medical school courses such as gross anatomy and biochemistry; met some of my future colleagues and friends; and found mentors among the faculty, who have either offered me job and research opportunities or gave me connections to pursue them."

    How has JAMP helped you as you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
    JAMP has provided me academic resources to prepare for the MCAT, clinical experiences through the summer preceptorships, and connections to build my professional network. From the latter, I have developed a solid system of support that includes other JAMP students, my JAMP Faculty Director, JAMP Coordinators, and preceptors, who have been and still continue to be invested in my success. They remind me why I wish to pursue medicine and thus motivate me to do my absolute best in medical school. 

    What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
    Start early in gaining clinical experiences and never once believe you have shadowed and/or volunteered enough. Any opportunity that allows you to help patients, whether it involves doing a medical mission trip abroad or even pushing a patient in a wheelchair for discharge, will always be beneficial in your personal and professional growth. These experiences will help improve your critical-thinking skills, build your clinical knowledge, develop your interpersonal skills, and broaden your perspective on medicine. The more you invest in medicine, the more competent you will be to the admissions committee, attendees, and your patients.

    What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
    The summer preceptorships have benefitted me the most from JAMP. Through them, I received a preview on the rigorous pace and difficulty of actual medical school courses such as gross anatomy and biochemistry; met some of my future colleagues and friends; and found mentors among the faculty, who have either offered me job and research opportunities or gave me connections to pursue them.

    Any other biographical information/advise you wish to provide.
    To current and future JAMP students, the MCAT should never be taken lightly. Doing well on the MCAT is absolutely crucial in your medical school application. Your score is indicative of your results in the match process and your performance on the USMLE exams. Study hard for the MCAT!