The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) Office of Admissions recently hosted a reunion of University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) pre-medical students and PLFSOM medical students in the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). JAMP is a special pipeline program established by the Texas Legislature in 2001 to assist highly motivated, economically disadvantaged students in preparing for and succeeding in medical school.
Manuel Schydlower, M.D., associate dean for the Office of Admissions and a member of the Texas JAMP Council, introduced Diego de la Mora, M.D., a JAMP alumnus who is now an assistant professor of medicine at the PLFSOM. Dr. de la Mora shared with the students his experiences on how JAMP helped him achieve his dream to become a physician in service to his community, and how students in this program can do the same. Also attending was Mary Wells, director of the Medical Professions Institute and JAMP Faculty Program Director at UTEP.
Currently there are 13 medical students at PLFSOM who are in the JAMP program, and four more have matched to be part of the entering class in July, 2015. Plans are underway for mentorships of pre-medical students at UTEP by students from PLFSOM in the JAMP program, and increasing the awareness of high school students about this program.