LETU Sophomore Accepted into Joint Admission Medical Program
Wed, Mar 3 2010
LeTourneau University sophomore biology major Lynda Gaitan has been accepted into the Joint
Admission Medical Program (JAMP) which gives her guaranteed acceptance to one of eight medical
schools in Texas.
The medical schools include Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center,
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the University of North Texas Health Science
Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at
Houston, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, The University of Texas
Medical Branch at Galveston, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Created by the Texas Legislature in 2001 and funded through the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board, JAMP was designed to support and encourage highly qualified, economically
disadvantaged students to pursue medical degrees.
Gaitan, a 2008 Pine Tree High School graduate, completed an online application and a personal
essay about her passion for the medical field to qualify for the program. and an onsite interview
at a medical school. She wants to study women’s health care through obstetrics and gynecology
(OBGYN) and would like to study at UT Southwestern in Dallas or UT Health Science Center in
Houston. She hopes to have a private practice in the United States and do overseas mission work in
“JAMP is a great opportunity for students who have the ability but lack the socio-economic
advantages that others may have who want to pursue the medical field,” said LETU Dean of Arts and
Sciences Dr. Amiel Jarstfer. “Lynda is the first LETU student who has qualified for this program,
which is evidence of our commitment to support diversification of the medical profession.”
The program provides support through undergraduate and graduate scholarships and summer
stipends. Beginning this summer, Gaitan will have summer internships at a medical school where she
is provided with housing and a stipend while she learns. The program also helps with mentoring and
personal assistance to prepare for medical school.