This article focuses on DACA medical students’ experiences and contributions to the US healthcare system. A mixed-methods study on the career intentions and experiences of DACA medical students was performed utilizing survey data and in-depth interviews. The academic performance of a convenience sample of DACA medical students was compared to that of matriculated medical students from corresponding medical schools, national averages, and first-year residents according to specialty. The study found that in the face of considerable barriers and uncertainty throughout their lives and academic careers, participants describe how such personal hardships have motivated them to pursue a rigorous and competitive career in order to better serve their communities and society at large. DACA recipient medical students do not represent the good immigrant story but rather what comprehensive immigration policy can make possible by allowing individuals to pursue self-actualization free from the threat of detention and deportation.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) medical students – an examination of their journey and experiences as medical students in limbo
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