A UD Record: 3 Sophomores Accepted to Joint Admissions Medical Program

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.

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