College of Medicine to host symposium for future medical students

Program helps high school and undergraduate students explore medical school
March 22, 2019

Texas A&M College of Medicine will play host to the 2019 Pre-JAMP and Pre-Medical Symposium April 27. The half-day symposium, which is intended for high school and college students who are interested in the field of medicine, will provide a campus tour, informational workshops, hands-on-activities, clinical skills and faculty and student panels for those interested in applying to medical school.

Additionally, the program is intended to introduce high school students and college freshmen to the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) which was created by the Texas Legislature in 2001 to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged Texas resident students pursuing a medical education.

“This program helps students come here who would otherwise not set foot on our campus,” said Fernando Vasquez, director of admissions in the College of Medicine. “In the past three years we’ve reached more than a hundred high school students.”

The symposium will feature presentations by physicians, medical school students and faculty, and admissions staff. Topics will include the medical school admission process; an overview of JAMP; a suturing and knot-tying workshop; an anatomy lab demonstration; college success workshops; medical professionals and student panels; motivational speakers; a clinical skills demonstration; and a tour of the Clinical Learning Resource Center (CLRC), a 27,000-square-foot, realistic hospital setting equipped with the latest tools and technology to enhance learning.

The Pre-JAMP and Pre-Medical Symposium is open to all individuals who are interested in a career in medicine and the fee is $12. For more information, and to register, visit

— Tim Schnettler