Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Higher & Adult Education

Committee Chair

Daniel Collier

Committee Member

Alison Happel-Parkins

Committee Member

Eric Platt

Committee Member

Derek Houston


Abstract Supported by Critical Race Theory, this study explores the perceptions of African-American medical students regarding their racialized experiences while attending medical school. The history of African Americans seeking medical education in the United States is entrenched in a legacy of racial segregation, social and cultural constructs, and legal doctrine perpetuated through society's sustained racial bias. Critical Race Theory has often examined the relationship between race and education systems. Critical Race Theory in medicine consistently acknowledges race as a social construct. Racism is not obsolete, and this is not a post-racial world. A critical race methodology research approach along with counter stories will be utilized in this study through semi-structured interviews to fully understand participants' lived experiences as African American medical students and generate data concerning racialized experiences while attending medical schools. Keywords: Critical Race Theory, African American students, Medical Higher Education, Counter storytelling, and Racism


Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest


Open Access