Perspectives from Learners with DACA Status: Finding Support Along the Continuum - September 20

Medical students and residents with DACA status continue to face unique challenges as they complete medical school, prepare for graduate medical education, and transition to residency due to the uncertainty of their immigration status, inability to access federal student aid funds and limited support networks. This webinar will highlight perspectives from learners with DACA status on effective tools and support systems along the medical school continuum. Webinar outcomes seek to provide a better understanding of the experiences of undocumented students and those with DACA status, identifying critical points for intervention and holistic support. The discussion will be presented in a “myth-busting” format to dispel common misconceptions and build a narrative around factual policies, strategies, and opportunities to provide increased engagement.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Gain insight into the experiences of students and residents with DACA status and develop strategies for providing holistic support.
  2. Debunk common misconceptions about learners with DACA status and advocate for factual policies, evidence-based strategies, and equitable opportunities.
  3. Consider effective approaches for providing allyship, mentorship and overall student and trainee support.

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Denisse Rojas Marquez, MD, MPP

PGY-1, Department of Emergency Medicine
Boston Medical Center
Co-Founder, Pre-Health Dreamers

Pia Iribarren, MPH

MD Student
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Juan Carlos Cespedes

PhD Candidate
Morehouse School of Medicine
MD Student
Mercer University School of Medicine

Krissia Rivera Perla, MPH

MD-ScM Student
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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