Texas A&M University
Long School of Medicine
I believe I benifitted the most from the relationships I have been able to form through the JAMP program. I have formed great mentor/mentee relationships, made lifelong friends, and have been able to connect with many high-ranking medical school officials.
My name is Marian Fagbemi and I am a third-year medical school student at the University of Texas Health San Antonio, Long School of Medicine. I am from Arlington, TX and attended Texas A&M University for undergraduate (WHOOP!). My future goal in medicine at is to practice in a field that allows me to educate students, form relationship with my patients AND advocate for positive changes in healthcare.
How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
JAMP provided me with all of the resources I needed to be an optimal medical student. JAMP provided a great MCAT course that helped me succeed on the examination and they provided me with the unique opportunity to spend 5 weeks of two of my summers at paid internships at different medical schools across the state. I also had access to an awesome network of JAMP students, many of which were ahead of me in the process and were able to provide great advice and mentorship. Furthermore, I had access to an amazing JAMP faculty director that went above and beyond to make sure that her JAMP students succeeded. And most importantly JAMP gave me the assurance that if I did my part, then I was guaranteed a spot in medical school after graduation.
What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
I believe I benifitted the most from the relationships I have been able to form through the JAMP program. I have formed great mentor/mentee relationships, made lifelong friends, and have been able to connect with many high ranking medical school officials.
What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
I would advise future and current JAMP students to do three things:
1. Really focus on excelling in your academics during the first year of college, the transition from high school to college can be rough but it is very possible to make great grades your freshman year.
2. Connect with your JAMP faculty director as soon as you get to your college campus. They can guide you with just about everything; from picking the right coursework to helping you find a doctor to shadow on the weekends. Pretty much make your JFD your bestie.
3. TRUST THE PROCESS. There are going to be days when the process seems tedious, never
ending and quite frankly annoying, but always remember that the end goal is to become
a physician that will improve so many lives.