College of Medicine expands MYE2M program to Temple

Program encourages economically disadvantaged students to consider a career in a health care or biomedical profession
May 21, 2019

The Mentoring Youth and Exposure to Medicine (MYE2M) program, an educational outreach program sponsored by the Texas A&M College of Medicine designed to encourage and motivate economically disadvantaged high school students to seek a career in a health care or biomedical profession, recently expanded to include students from the Temple Independent School District.

The program, which started on the Bryan campus in 2017 for students from the Bryan, Caldwell and Navasota Independent School Districts, allows participants to interact with medical students, faculty and health professionals in a medical and biomedical school environment.

For four Saturday’s and one weeknight, participants attend specially designed sessions that include mentoring from current Texas A&M University and College of Medicine students, hands-on activities, group activities, research topics, college success workshops, motivational guest speakers and exposure to medical education and training facilities.

“In three years the MYE2M program has now served 100 youth from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, given them exposure to our medical school facilities and the motivation to pursue a medical career,” said Fernando Vasquez, MA, director of admissions and early assurance programs at the College of Medicine.

The MYE2M program in Temple is a joint partnership of the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), Texas A&M College of Medicine, Temple Independent School District and Baylor Scott & White Health-Temple.

Current students from the College of Medicine served as mentors for the Temple students.

“Watching our College of Medicine students pay it forward with these Temple High School students and give back to their community was inspiring,” said Chris Diem, assistant director of academic support services and instructor of humanities in medicine at the College of Medicine. “These students now truly believe they can join the medical profession because of their experience in MYE2M, and that is something that we can all be very proud of.”

The participants were provided with a chance to get advice on getting into college and learned medical skills such as suturing, physical exam skills and how to interact with patients through a standardized patient experience.

They also worked together to create a poster project on medical topics they were interested in, and presented them to parents, Temple ISD officials and College of Medicine faculty on the final day of the program during a special recognition lunch.

— Tim Schnettler