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Medical, Allied Health Programs Awarded Second Grant

Jan. 4, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Natasha Rider

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High school students who participated in the inaugural JAMP Camp were able to experience campus life and learn about the medical and allied health fields. —Submitted photo

The Sam Houston State University College of Health Sciences has received a $20,000 grant from the Texas Joint Admission Medical Program for the second consecutive year.

The grant will assist with SHSU’s second annual JAMP Camp, which is offered to 20 economically disadvantaged, highly qualified students interested in pursuing a medical career.

“It is an excellent opportunity for selected students to learn the finer details of the JAMP program at SHSU and engage in activities geared toward their success in college and as medical professionals,” said Jack C. Turner, assistant dean of the College of Health Sciences.

For more than 10 years, SHSU's medical and allied health programs have maintained a strong partnership with JAMP.

“It is a unique and valuable program wherein medically oriented students who are accepted into the program and successfully complete JAMP criteria while at SHSU are guaranteed a seat in one of the Texas medical schools,” said Turner.

Before students enter college, the JAMP Camp offers an opportunity for them to 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.

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

“We hope that as a result of hosting the JAMP Camp, we will increase awareness of the benefits of participation in JAMP,” said Turner.

Alondra Martinez, a senior at Alief Early College High School in Houston, attended the camp last summer.

“This camp was a life changing experience. I am so grateful for the experience,” she said. “Prior to coming to JAMP Camp, I was undecided about whether or not I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but after attending this camp and being surrounded by people who share similar goals, I’m confident that this is what I want to pursue.”

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 summer 2016 camp application can be found here

For more information, contact the MAHP office at

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