JUMP and URM Students

Johns Hopkins Underrepresented* in Medicine Program (JUMP)

JUMP is a collaborative program whose mission is to promote the success of students from underrepresented populations (URM) that are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and other health professions. This mission is accomplished by providing JUMP participants with academic support, mentoring, community building, career exploration and leadership opportunities throughout their first year at Johns Hopkins. Critical JUMP partners include the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Pre-Professional Programs and Advising, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Office for Student Diversity and Student National Medical Association at the School of Medicine.

*Underrepresented populations refer to ethnic and racial minorities, as well as first generation and low-income college students of any race.

To learn all about JUMP, visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs JUMP website.

Mission Statement

For the first two years, the JUMP initiative focuses on the University experience, including successful academic transition, sound academic decision-making, integration into the social community, recognition and use of support structures, and encouragement of involvement in meaningful experiences outside of the classroom. During the Junior and Senior years, JUMP advocates for students to begin finalizing their plans on pursuing a medical profession. Activities include, resume building, application preparation, attending medical conferences, and visiting medical schools in order to prepare for their medical profession of interest along with building their personal networks.

Jump Core Beliefs

All participants in the JUMP initiative, including JUMP students, faculty, administrators, and mentors, ascribe to a set of core beliefs. These include:

  • All students participating in the program have the potential to succeed as a student and as a future healthcare professional.
  • Exhibiting personal traits such maturity integrity compassion, empathy are central to successful participation in the JUMP program.
  • It is not a sign of weakness to seek out advice, assistance and support in the quest to achieve personal and professional goals
  • Attention to self-care and personal health is central to successful participation in the JUMP program

The JUMP program was founded upon the following goals: (1) to enhance JUMP participants’ awareness of the academic and professional expectations of careers in medicine and other health professions, (2) to ensure JUMP participants are aware of and use of appropriate academic resources as needed (in a timely manner), (3) to facilitate JUMP students’ participation in summer research, internships or other academic enhancement programs, (4) to create opportunities for JUMP participants to network with medical students, physicians, and other health care professionals, (5) to foster leadership behaviors through promoting proactive use of resources and cultivating social responsibility (giving back to the community, helping peers be successful, and being a role model), and (6) to cultivate a community of collaboration and support.

JUMP Components

Among the programs sponsored by JUMP are a pre-orientation program, an intersession course, SNMA regional meetings, and a summer research partnership that allows for a mentoring ladder among faculty advisors, graduate students, undergraduates, and high school students in Baltimore City Schools. Concurrent are initiatives to promote summer research and enrichment programs, leadership opportunities, mentoring, and the recognition of achievements. The lessons learned, challenges faced, and triumphs along the way should be instructive to those developing and promoting similar initiatives at their institutions.

Shadowing Opportunities

Dr. Shubin: JUMP students are afforded a special opportunity to shadow Dr. Charles Shubin, who runs an inner-city teaching pediatric practice in Baltimore at 315 North Calvert Street (a short walk from the Mt. Vernon shuttle stop). The experience also includes exposure to junior medical students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. To be eligible, you must (1) be a sophomore or above, (2) have a strong interested in urban health (and pediatrics), and (3) be able and willing to commit one afternoon per week during the semester. Announcements go out at the beginning of each semester. Questions should be directed to Mrs. Rodriguez-Solomon at mrod@jhu.edu.

Summer Opportunities

Some excellent websites for disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students interested in health careers, internship opportunities, scholarships, are listed below:

JUMP Administrative Leadership

Mrs. Michelle Rodriguez-Solomon, JUMP Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Dr. Irene Ferguson, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Ms. Kelli Johnson, Director, Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising
Ms. Shannon Jensen, Assistant Director, Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising

JUMP on the Web

The following are websites associated with JUMP:

Aspiring Docs

The American Association of Medicinal Colleges has compiled an incredible set of resources directed to premedical students! Aspiring Docs is an AAMC program to increase diversity in medicine, recognizing that it is vital for tomorrow’s medical students to be diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation, as well as express diversity in experience and thought. Furthermore, having a diverse workforce of doctors is essential to providing the best care for all communities and improving the health of our nation. Visit Aspiring Docs website.

Aspiring Docs includes a popular blog called Aspiring Docs Diaries, which gives premedical students an inside look at what it is like to be a medical student. It also includes an online e-Guide for Pre-Med Students, Quick Answers to Common Questions about Getting Into Medical School, packed with answers to nearly 40 questions about preparing for medical school, applying, testing, financing, and what it’s like to be in medical school. In addition, the AAMC has also pulled together information from Aspiring Docs, MSAR, SMDEP, the MCAT exam, AMCAS, and FIRST into a single booklet.


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