November 2022 Invited Speaker Rounds

Time as Social Capital: The Reproduction of Classism in Medical Education

Tasha R Wyatt, PhD,

Associate Director, Center for Health Professions Education (CHPE)
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, “America’s Medical School”
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Hybrid: Life Sciences Centre 1312 CMR & Zoom*

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Previous research has noted that first-generation, low-income (FGLI) medical students experience ‘everyday forms of classism’ because their social backgrounds are different from the typical medical student. In addition to high rates of dropout, these students are frequently described as not having the right social capital in the elite profession of medicine. Using Sallee’s ideal worker theory as a theoretical framework, this constructivist grounded theory analyzed 50 interviews from FGLI students across the U.S. for the ways in which these students compared themselves to non-FGLI students. This study argues that not just any social capital that creates classism in medical education, but specifically time as a form of social capital creates this system.


Tasha R. Wyatt, PhD is an associate professor and Associate Director at Uniformed Services University’s Center for Health Professions Education. She is a trained Educational Psychologist and practices as a critical researcher. Her research interests include how culture informs teaching and learning, the intersection of race and racism in health professions education, professional identity formation in racially minoritized physicians, acts of professional resistance, and decolonial research methodologies.

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