My goal in this thesis is to document the experiences of medical school students studying in the Caribbean to provide context to the current conversation on why a majority of potential medical students are unable to gain acceptance to medical school in the United States and the challenges associated with relocating to another country. This thesis focuses on how the symptoms and stages of culture shock play out in these students’ experiences as it pertains to their ability to accomplish their ultimate goal of becoming a Medical Doctor (MD). I will further the knowledge of the medical school experience by delving into the uncharted territory of for-profit, Offshore Medical Schools (OMS) through which thousands of prospective Medical Doctors are currently passing through annually in an attempt to successfully complete one of our society’s most rigorous and important rites of passage; that of the medical school student.
|Advisor:||Howell, Jayne, Quintiliani, Karen|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Education, Medicine|
|Keywords:||Caribbean Medical School, Culture Shock, Dominica, Foreign Medical Student, Medical Education, Rites of Passage|
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