Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Higher and Adult Education


Higher Education

Committee Chair

Jeff Wilson

Committee Member

Colton Cockrum

Committee Member

Mitsunori Misawa

Committee Member

Lamont Simmons


Cultural competencies of current medical school students were examined by studying part of the multicultural curriculum at a southeastern United States health science center. This study was a qualitative case study that focused on the impact of a multicultural education training exercise, BaFa' BaFa,' on first-year medical students. This exercise took place during orientation of the student's first year. The theoretical framework for this study was part of Kolb's model of experiential learning, specifically the active experimentation aspect. There were two research questions that guided this study: (1) How does BaFa' BaFa' impact cultural competency on current medical students at a southeastern health science center? (2) How does the experiential learning aspect of BaFa' BaFa' impact current medical students? It was found that there were varying opinions regarding the overall impact of the training, as well as when the training should be administered during medical school, if at all. However, it was also found that the participants experienced an uncomfortable feeling while performing the training, had little time to utilize anything that they might have learned from the training, and that the experiential learning aspect of the training had an impact on their learning. Although the BaFa' BaFa' training itself had little impact on the cultural competencies of the medical students studied, the experiential learning aspect of the training had a substantial impact on the students.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.