Description: Medical students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status often face unique challenges as they complete undergraduate medical education and prepare for residency due to the uncertainty of their immigration status, inability to access federal student aid funds and limited support networks. With the growing number of medical students with DACA status, medical schools need to develop effective approaches and models that are scalable to support these learners and continue to diversify the physician workforce.
This webinar will explore the obstacles medical school DACA recipients and undocumented students face as they approach residency and begin graduate medical education. It will feature a personal narrative from a current resident on navigating the graduate medical education process and needed supports for their career trajectory and well-being. Panelists will also highlight perspectives from graduate medical education professionals and program directors on logistical and policy/legal considerations when interviewing and selecting students with DACA status for residency positions. Additionally, the webinar will address support systems and effective institutional practices and community partnerships.
Consider the hurdles facing medical students with DACA status as they begin residency application.
Identify logistical and legal considerations when interviewing students with DACA status for residency positions.
Explore and consider effective admissions and selection practices, funding approaches, and support models tailored to students with DACA status.
Target Audience: Medical school students, student affairs and graduate medical education professionals.
Sunny Nakae, MSW, PhD., Associate Dean, Student Affairs, SOM Center, Healthy Communities, University of California Riverside
Mark G. Kuczewski, PhD, HEC-C, The Fr. Michael I. English, S.J., Professor of Medical Ethics and Director, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago
I. Michael Leitman, MD, FACS, Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official, Professor of Surgery, Professor of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Diana Coffa, MD, Director, Family and Community Medicine Residency Program, San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco
Jirayut New Latthivongskorn, MD, MPH, PGY-1, UCSF, Zuckerberg San Francisco General, Co-founder of Pre-Health Dreamers
NaShieka Knight, MDiv, MA
Senior Specialist, Medical School Admissions
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