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

    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.

    Target Audience

    Medical school students & residents, student affairs and graduate medical education professionals          


    Denisse Rojas Marquez, MD, MPP, PGY-1, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center and Co-Founder, Pre-Health Dreamers


    • Juan Carlos Cespedes, PhD Candidate, Morehouse School of Medicine and MD Student, Mercer University School of Medicine
    • Pia Iribarren, MPH, MD Student, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    • Krissia Rivera Perla, MPH, MD-ScM Student, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University