For the next month a group of 19 Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) students will participate in an internship program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM). The internship program kicked off with a welcome reception May 31 and will continue through the end of the second summer session and conclude with an honorary banquet June 30.
JAMP was created by the Texas state legislature in 2003 with the goal of helping highly qualified but economically disadvantaged students to pursue a career in the medical field. JAMP students who meet all qualifications and participate in the summer internship program are guaranteed admission to one of Texas’ nine medical schools.
Undergraduate students in the JAMP program will be continuously groomed for medical school as they take classes from and shadow PLFSOM faculty. They will also have the opportunity to prepare for their medical school admissions interviews during the internship.
“These students will gain valuable summer learning experiences at our school in fundamental biological sciences, professionalism, test-taking, shadowing physicians, and knowledge about our curriculum, faculty and El Paso,” said Manuel Schydlower, M.D., associate dean for admissions.
JAMP works in partnership with not only all nine medical schools in the state of Texas, but 67 private and public institutions throughout the state. The 19 students participating in this year’s summer internship come from several universities across Texas, including the University of Texas (Austin, Arlington), Texas A&M University (College Station, Commerce, Corpus Christie, Prairie View), University of Houston, University of St. Thomas, St. Edwards University, Baylor University, Texas Christian University, Schreiner University, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Incarnate Word and Texas Lutheran University.
In 2015, the PLFSOM seated three JAMP graduates in its entering medical class, and of those entering for 2016, three more are JAMP alumni.