Online Panel Discussion about Undocumented Students Pursuing the Medical Field

Harvard Medical School and UCSF’s Latino Medical Student Association are hosting an online panel discussion called “Breaking Barriers: Residency Roadmap for DACA and Undocumented Students in Medicine” regarding the journey of undocumented/DACA students in medicine. In the discussion, they will explore post-medical education challenges and important areas for advocacy. The virtual event will be held Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 9am -11am PT (12 -2pm ET).

Their event will consist of:

  1. Q&A with experts on the topic of undocumented/DACA students’ journeys post-medical education. 
  2. Optional breakout sessions led by current DACA medical students or residents geared towards developing connections and building community. This session will be a series of break-out sessions, and they welcome folks to turn off their cameras and change their zoom names if they wish to remain anonymous.

From organizers of the event:

“In recent years, undergraduate institutions have increasingly accepted undocumented and DACA students, but graduate programs have not followed suit. Currently, only 4.5% of US medical schools accept DACA recipients and undocumented individuals. Consequently, there is not much information about resources available in medical school and residency to support DACA recipients and undocumented students. There is not enough discourse in the medical community as it relates to this community, which perpetuates feelings of isolation and exclusion in medicine.

Our mission is to unpack the medical school journey for DACA recipients and undocumented individuals, with a focus on post-medical school opportunities and current areas for advocacy. We aim to create a safe space to shed light on the difficulties faced by this subpopulation, share resources and expertise, and learn how to better advocate for our classmates and future physicians.”

Their panelists will be:

a) Francisco Lucio, JD

Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

b) Herbert Castillo Valladares, MD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology

University of California San Francisco

c) Sharjeel Syed, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine

UT Southwestern Medical Center

d) Mark Kuczewski, PhD

Professor of Medical Ethics

Director, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics

Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago

Register for the online event here.


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