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Medical, Allied Health Programs Awarded $20,000 Grant

Jan. 5, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

Sam Houston State University’s Medical and Allied Health Programs office, in the College of Health Sciences, has received a $20,000 grant from the Texas Joint Admission Medical Program.

The grant will provide for SHSU’s inaugural JAMP Camp to be offered in the summer to financially disadvantaged, rising high school students who are interested in pursuing a career as a physician.

The camp is scheduled for July 19-24, and will be limited to 20 participants. It is offered at no cost to students.

“The Joint Admissions Medical Program, known as JAMP, is a unique and valuable program where medically oriented students who are accepted into the program and successfully complete JAMP criteria while at SHSU will be guaranteed a seat in one of the Texas medical schools,” said Jack C. Turner, assistant dean of the College of Health Sciences and director of Medical and Allied Health Programs at SHSU.

“The JAMP Camp is an opportunity for selected students to learn the finer details of the JAMP program and engage in activities geared toward their success in college and as medical doctors,” he said.

Campers will participate in interactive medical scenarios and workshops while learning about SHSU traditions. They may participate in a suture clinic, view SHSU’s Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, interact with a speaker panel of doctors from various medical disciplines, and travel to local hospitals for demonstrations by medical teams.

Recreational activities will be provided at SHSU’s main campus and at SHSU’s University Camp near the Trinity River. Students will have the opportunity to experience campus life as they stay overnight in a residence hall while attending the camp.

“The Medical and Allied Health Programs office at SHSU has maintained a strong partnership with JAMP for more than 10 years, providing services to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students pursuing a medical career,” Turner said.

“We hope that as a result of hosting the JAMP Camp, we will be able to recruit more medically oriented students from these groups and increase awareness of the benefits of participation in JAMP,” he said.

High school juniors and seniors who have a strong desire to pursue medical school and would like to take their pre-medical coursework at SHSU are invited to apply to attend SHSU’s JAMP Camp. Preference will be given to students who are financially disadvantaged. The camp application can be found at the MAHP website For more information, email the MAHP office at

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