Academics - Thu, Aug. 6, 2015

Junior Shelby Collymore is on track to accomplish goal of becoming a pediatrician


As Wiley's first Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) Fellow, junior Shelby Collymore knows where she is going and what path to take to get there.  This Marshall, Texas, native aspires to become a pediatrician.  She is pursuing a biology degree at Wiley, and in July she completed her second summer internship as a Jamp Fellow or "Jamper," by working at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

The Joint Admission Medical Program was established by the Texas Legislature to help high-achieving students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds accomplish their goal of attending medical school. The program provides undergraduate scholarships, summer stipends, and placement in its summer internship programs.

 Last summer, Collymore completed an internship in Fort Worth at the University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.   "At UNT,  I obtained hands-on experience in the new University Hospital and in independent clinics," she said.   And this summer at U.T. Southwestern, Collymore said she participated in clinical rotations in Emergency Medicine and Radiology. She also took part in several courses, including Biochemistry, Ethics, and Embryology.

"Jamp has helped me put my perspectives in line about medical school and why I want to attend," said Collymore. The program also provides mentoring and a multi-phase preparation program for taking the Medical School Admission Test (MCAT). If all JAMP  criteria are met, including completing two internships and maintaining a 3.25 grade point average, the program guarantees admission to a Texas medical school.

Collymore credits Wiley College with helping her to prepare for medical school and to excel in her undergraduate studies so that she maintains JAMP's strict G.P.A. requirement.  "Studying at Wiley College has helped me develop the academic skills and knowledge I will need to be a successful medical student," she said.

And true to Wiley's mission of producing servant leaders, the College can look forward to Collymore's good works in the community– she plans to serve as a mentor to help other students accomplish their goals. "Wiley has a great knack for being a community and family," she said.  "Almost everyone here helps and supports anyone in need and that means a lot to me."