Statewide program is preparing students for medical school

LONGVIEW, Texas - Students at Letourneau University now have an opportunity to prepare themselves for the medical field.

This is through a statewide program that selects very few who apply each year. 

The program is known as the Joint Admission Medical Program or JAMP for short. 

According to the Joint Admission Medical Program website, it states that the program is funded by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified and often times economically disadvantaged undergraduate students looking to pursue a medical education.

Getting into medical school is a difficult task for anyone according to Letourneau University's Biology and Kinesiology Chair Gregory Frederick. 

However, for two students at Letourneau University it has helped steer them in the right direction. 

Frederick said, "it's a different route for them because most students will complete the first three years of undergraduate school, take the MCAT and then wait for the results and then go through the application process."

These two students will be required to complete two summer internships, take medical course work and receive free mentoring along the way.

Frederick said, "there are a lot of students who come into undergraduate programs that believe they want to be a medical doctor and here they are given a more in depth look at what it takes."

Letourneau sophomore Seth Mattson said he was one of those students, but after a being selected into the program a little under a year ago, he said it has helped give him a better understanding. Mattson has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is also a part of this years Letourneau Men's Basketball team so he has an idea of what hard work means according to him. 

Mattson said, "being a doctor, it's not a 9 to 5 job. When you're a doctor you have a responsibility to help people. Now that I'm 20 years old and to know that what I now know and also have this program come alongside me to keep reaffirming that and building those skills I think it's huge." 

Keren Ungulu a junior at Letourneau University has been in the program for a year now said it's helped her realize what career path she needed to take.

Ungulu said, "my passion has always been to help people and I know that love chemistry so I thought I could do something in that field or I also like psychology. So I wasn't really sure what i wanted to do and I think God kind of brought this together to show me this is what you're good at, this is what I placed in your heart and you can actually do this and do it well." 

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