The Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Protections and Medical Education in the U.S.

Efrain Talamantes, Yadira Bribiesca, Bryan Rangel-Alvarez, Omar Viramontes, Marcela Zhou, Hemal Kanzaria, Mark G. Kuczewski, Gerardo Moreno

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Abstract

The termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy poses unique challenges for medical education and healthcare. A survey on DACA was administered online using Qualtrics Software System to 121 unique U.S.-MD granting medical school admissions leadership using e-mails between January 2018 and April 2018. A total of 39 individuals out of 121 (32%) responded to the survey; 23 (59%) of respondents identified as medical school admissions deans, 11 (28%) identified as directors and 5 (13%) as staff/officers. During the past 4 years, 19 (49%) reported having accepted DACA students. The majority either incorrectly answered or were otherwise unsure about the effect of DACA on medical education. The correlation between perception of understanding DACA and mean knowledge composite score was 0.38, P < 0.05. This study found that U.S.-MD granting medical school admissions leaders self-reported knowledge was moderately correlated with actual knowledge about DACA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Deferred action for childhood arrivals
  • Diversity
  • Immigrants
  • Medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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