The Paradis Lab is delighted to announce that Ms. Chanté De Freitas successfully defended her Master’s Thesis on August 15, 2019.
Ms. De Freitas’ thesis, titled “Aspiring physicians from low-income backgrounds: experiences of barriers and facilitators to a career in medicine,” is a qualitative interview study with 15 participants at various stages in their undergraduate, master’s, and non-medical professional education with an interest in a career in medicine. It identifies several barriers and facilitators on students’ journeys. Barriers included social, identity-related, economic, structural and informational dimensions. Facilitators in turn included motivation, self-confidence, attitude, and strategic dimensions.
Ms. De Freitas’ thesis shows the complex path taken by young people as they aim to make their dream of studying medicine a reality, and provides a nuanced portrait of what gets in the way of low-income students’ success. Her thesis contributes to the literature by exposing pre-admission barriers to the success of low-income students in accessing a career in medicine, and will be useful to medical school’s admissions professionals who aim to support underrepresented groups, including low-income students.
Ms. De Freitas had worked with Dr. Paradis on an ethnography of teamwork in a Toronto-based family health team for over a year. We wish her all the best in her upcoming career, and well-deserved success.