The Journal Abstract: August 2012

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The Journal Abstract – August 2012 

What the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) Can Do for Texas Physicians; What Texas Physicians Can Do for JAMP  

Texas faces health challenges requiring a physician workforce with understanding of a broad range of issues – including the role of culture, income level, and health beliefs – that affect the health of individuals and communities. Building on previous successful physician workforce "pipeline" efforts, Texas established the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), a first-of-its-kind program, to encourage access to medical education by Texans who are economically disadvantaged. The program benefits those from racial and ethnic minority groups and involves all 31 public and 34 private Texas undergraduate colleges and universities offering life science degrees, as well as all 9 medical schools. Available program data indicate that JAMP has broadened enrollment diversity in Texas' medical schools. However, greater progress requires strengthened partnerships with professional colleagues practicing medicine in communities across Texas. This article explores how JAMP can help Texas physicians and how Texas physicians can help JAMP.

By Alan Podawiltz, DO, MS; James Richardson, DVM,  PhD; Wallace Gleason, MD; Kathleen Fallon, MD; David Jones, PhD.; Elizabeth Kimberli Peck, MD; Jeffrey Rabek, PhD; Manuel Schydlower, MD; William Thomson, PhD; Russell T. Warne, PhD; Budge Mabry; Paul Hermesmeyer, MST; and  Quentin W. Smith, MS. 

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