An Exploratory Study on Racial Experiences and Resiliency of Foreign Medical Students

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education (ACE2021)
Title: An Exploratory Study on Racial Experiences and Resiliency of Foreign Medical Students
Stream: Mind, Brain & Psychology: Human Emotional & Cognitive Development & Outcomes within Educational Contexts
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Gina Lynn S. Salazar, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, Philippines


Medicals students aspire to gain a degree in a foreign land and encounter new experiences in the host country. The aim of the study was to explore the lived racial experiences of foreign medical students. A qualitative phenomenolocial approach was utilized by the researcher. Foreign medical students (N=15) participated in open-ended interview questions. Thematic analysis showed that the participants defined racism as being judged based on skin color, race, and caste. Moreover, the results showed that the particpants were hurt, sad, angry and disappointed resulting to emotional distancing. They sought family support through open and constant communication. Likewise group of friends provided the sense of safety and security inside and outside the educational environment. Participants handled their experiences cognitively by avoiding negative thoughts and staying positive; and behaviorally by being passive, staying calm and ignoring people who discriminate them. They reached out, made friends with other people and assimilated the host culture. The racial experiences of the participants in their educational environment helped them to become resilient and focused on their goal.

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