Houston Baptist University
Texas Tech Health Science Center - El Paso
Most importantly, this program has helped me strive to achieve my goal of becoming a doctor by believing in me and supporting me academically, financially, and emotionally throughout this journey.
My name is Tracie Huynh. This summer, I am very excited to be transitioning from my hometown in Houston to El Paso to attend the Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine! My ultimate goal is to become a culturally competent physician to break down language barriers and communicate directly with my future patients. I strive to practice in the state of Texas, where the most commonly spoken languages besides English are Spanish and Vietnamese. This medical school in El Paso integrates medical Spanish into the curriculum, with opportunities to practice Spanish speaking in local clinics and in the community. With my heritage in Vietnamese, I am currently challenging myself to learn medical Vietnamese in my free time as well. I am incredibly grateful to begin my medical education in El Paso to become a culturally competent physician and address disparities in healthcare.
How has JAMP helped you strive to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor?
During internships, JAMP provided me with shadowing experiences, networking opportunities, and clinical skills and anatomy classes. To prepare for the MCAT, this program provided me with Kaplan courses, Kaplan review books, and practice tests. JAMP also provided me with resources to interview at medical schools throughout Texas. Most importantly, this program has helped me strive to achieve my goal of becoming a doctor by believing in me and supporting me academically, financially, and emotionally throughout this journey.
What advice would you like to offer current or future JAMP students?
To future JAMP students, my advice would be to believe in yourself and your aspirations. Apply to JAMP because this program will help bolster your interest in medicine, your passion for serving others, and will help guide you through this journey to medical school.
To current JAMP students, my advice would be to fully immerse yourself in the plentiful opportunities and resources that is provided to you by this program. Meet new students, ask questions, learn from others, and carry this gratitude and knowledge with you as continue your journey to medical school.
What aspect of JAMP has been most beneficial to you?
The support system that JAMP fosters has been incredibly beneficial to me. During the summer internships, I connected with peers, medical student mentors, professors, and physicians that continually inspire me to pursue medicine. During the internships, the program coordinators guided me through the application and interview processes. While shadowing through JAMP, the physicians always encouraged me to ask questions and to learn from their own experiences. The most important aspect about this program is the strong network of support that has guided me to medical school and beyond.