Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

EdD Doctor of Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Cecile Sam, PhD

Committee Member 1

Ane Turner-Johnson, PhD

Committee Member 2

Sylk Sotto-Santiago, EdD


Latinx, osteopathic medical students, phenomenology, women


Osteopathic medicine--Study and teaching; Hispanic American women


Medical Education


In existing literature, researchers have predominantly examined issues related to minoritized groups by juxtaposing differences and outcomes among groups without attention to the diversity of experiences, challenges and strengths. This has had a limiting focus on the experiences specific to women as Latinx medical students, and has created a gap which restricts knowledge about experiences of perceived support and barriers within osteopathic medical school. This research provided an opportunity to think more deeply and critically about the experiences for women as Latinx osteopathic medical students. The data collected in this qualitative phenomenological study was gathered from participants as they narrated their story, in their way, from their perspective. Rooted in the participants narratives are anecdotes in which they demonstrate abilities to leverage their power and resources in ways that are often unaccounted for in research and academic medicine. It is through these narratives that participants' everyday resistance and agency were made visible. This study is offered as evidence of how strength-based frameworks can make visible the power of women as Latinx osteopathic medical students in their advocacy for well-being and health equity of the patients they serve.