Stephen F. Austin State University

JAMP at SFA

OVERVIEW:

The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) was created during the 77th Texas Legislature in order to encourage highly qualified but economically disadvantaged students enhanced access to medical training programs within the state. The program is designed around the principle of getting people into medicine who, for one reason or another, never previously considered the possibility. Specifically targeted are those students that had never considered medical careers because they thought themselves inadequately prepared or who thought that they could never acquire the financial resources necessary. The Legislature set aside ten percent of each year's entering class in Texas medical schools for JAMP participants.


BENEFITS:

1. $1,000 scholarship per semester every semeseter beginning in the spring semester of the sophomore year in college.
2. $2,500 stipend per summer for attending summer intern programs at medical schools following the sophomore, and junior years.
3. Supplemental tutoring, mentoring, and computer support provided at no cost in support of all coursework starting in the fall of the freshman year (even before final selection is made).
4. Admission into a Texas state medical school if minimal grades and testing standards are maintained.
5. A medical school scholarship for all four years of school.


QUALIFICATIONS:

In order to qualify for the JAMP program the high school student must:

1. Score at or greater than the state mean on the SAT and/or ACT. For the most current scores, see the JAMP website (www.texasjamp.org)
2. Graduate from high school or home schooled program.
3. Begin coursework at SFA (or any other participating university) in the fall semester immediately following graduation from high school. (NOTE: This precludes students who graduated at another time, or who have delayed college entry.)
4. Be Pell Grant eligible or have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 8000 or less by completing and submitting the FAFSA before the freshman year at SFA.

Additionally, in order to qualify at the university level, the student must:

1. Complete 27 semester hours of credit during the freshman year (which can include a maximum of 3 advance placement (AP) hours).
2. Earn a minimum of a 3.25 GPA.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

1. Completion of the "Notice of Intent to Apply" form (by the student) during summer orientation, or during the first week of the fall semester, and submitting the form to the SFA JAMP Director in Kennedy Auditorium room 101.

2. Completion of the on-line JAMP application at www.texasjamp.org (by the student). The application is made available around the 1st of May and must be completed by the 1st of October. The application takes about two hours to complete (when all the required information is at hand) and includes the following sections:

a. Biographic data.
b. Residency information.
c. Family history and data.
d. Financial data.
e. High school and university extracurricular activities.
f. Educational data.
g. Personal statement.

3. Completion of the JAMP Application Package (by the JAMP Director before the 1st of May), which includes:

a. A minimum of two letters of evaluation (from University Faculty). Dr. Langford will also submit a Letter of support for the applicants.
b. A copy of the high school transcript which includes class rank.
c. ACT and/or SAT scores.
d. JAMP Director's Summary Report.
e. Documentation of Pell Grant eligibility (or EFC of 8000 or less) provided by SFA Financial Aid.
f. Documentation of Texas residency status also provided by Financial Aid.

SELECTION PROCESS:

After evaluation of the completed application packages, students will be interviewed by representatives of the JAMP Council. Selection of all JAMP students is made by the JAMP Council in Austin during the months of February and March. The JAMP Council is composed of primary and alternate representatives from each of the state's medical schools.

Selection is made based on a number of factors and is very competitive. Factors weighted heavily include

1. Grades. A 3.25 overall in the fall and spring semesters is minimal and 3.25 in the sciences required. Preference will be given to those with higher grades.

2. Course selection. Students following a traditional premedical freshman curriculum heavier in the sciences (math, biology, chemistry) may be given preference over those not stretching themselves with the more strenuous courses.

3. Personal factors. This includes integrity, ability to communicate, altruism, maturity, a history of service, and dedication to academics and medicine.


SFA has been allocated 2 student selections each year for the JAMP Program. Selection for these two SFA positions is made on a competitive basis only from those applications submitted by SFA students. Selections for these two positions are made in February of the sophomore year. Selected students begin their training during the summer following their sophomore year.


REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTINUATION AS A JAMP STUDENT:

1. Continue at SFA on a full time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours per semester).

2. Maintain a science and overall GPA of 3.25. Failure to maintain these minimal standards for any one year may be sufficient grounds for dismissal from the program.

3. All medical school prerequisites must be taken at SFA. These prerequisites include:

14 hours of biology (BIO 131, BIO 133, BIO 241, and BIO 327);

16 hours of chemistry (CHE 133/L, CHE 134/L, CHE 331/L, and CHE 332/L);

8 hours of physics (PHY 131 and PHY 132);

6 hours of freshman English composition and rhetoric (ENG 131 and ENG 132, or ENG 135);

3 hours of Math either statistics (MTH 220) or calculus (MTH 233, preferred).

All of these courses must be passed with a minimum of "C".

4. Successfully complete two summer medical internships. These two internships take place during the summers following the sophomore, and junior years. A pre-matriculation internship following the senior year may also be required by the accepting medical school.

5. Progress towards completing a bachelor's degree within four years. Without summer school this requires a course load of 16-17 hours per semester. Please note that the summer medical internship programs (above) last approximately six weeks and may interfere with SFA's summer school schedule. Exceptions to this eight semester maximum may be pre-approved by the JAMP Council.

6. Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in the spring of the junior year.

7. Meet at least monthly with the SFA JAMP Director. Meet at least weekly with both course tutors and pre-medical upperclassmen mentors.


SUMMER INTERNSHIP SELECTION PROCESS:

Each year the SFA JAMP participants are matched to a medical school summer program by the JAMP administration. All JAMP students must attend at least two different schools during the three summers.


MEDICAL SCHOOL SELECTION PROCESS:



Students that meet all the JAMP program benchmarks at the end of their undergraduate program should submit the medical school application through the TMDSAS web site. Assuming all objective and subjective minimal criteria have been met, and that the interview process was satisfactory, the selection of the specific medical school is made following the normal matching process.