A UD Record: 3 Sophomores Accepted to Joint Admissions Medical Program
Sophomores Vincent Athas, Yasmin Fatemi and Vanessa Loya were accepted recently to
the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP), which helps support highly-qualified
Texas students pursuing a medical education. While undergraduates, JAMP students receive
two summer internships, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparation and mentoring
by the program's faculty. If they maintain a grade point average of 3.25 both cumulatively
and in their science classes and attain a minimum MCAT score of 25, then they are
guaranteed admission to a medical school in Texas. JAMP also provides scholarship
support for students to attend medical school.
"Each private university is only officially due one spot" said Frank Doe, associate
professor of biology and pre-health advisor. "Three acceptances, although not unheard
of, is extremely rare. This really is an honor for our students and a testament to
the quality of our pre-medical program."
John Kabangu, a junior who was accepted to the JAMP program last year, spent his first
JAMP internship at Baylor College of Medicine, taking classes, interacting with patients
and assisting in cardiovascular surgeries.
"I was able to watch history being made as I sat in on the 10th-ever transcatheter,
aortic valve replacement procedure," said Kabangu. "The doctor I shadowed is one of
only a few in the country to perform this operation, so it was a humbling experience
learning from him."
PHOTO: Kabangu also participated in a medical mission to Haiti last summer made possible by the Cieslak Memorial Scholarship.