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THE FAMILY DOCTOR
The first research participant, the Family Doctor, representing the medical school at the
health science center being studied, was recommended as a possible research participant by
several different people. These people described the Family Doctor in general terms, telling me
about his life, where he was from, how he had grown up [what they knew of it], and what a nice
person he was. I had never met the Family Doctor prior to his participation in this study, so the
only knowledge that I had of him was from faculty members, staff, and students.
The Family Doctor was 1 of 7 Latino graduates from the medical school during the 2004-
2005 academic year at the health science center being studied. Because the Family Doctor was
still in his residency at a local hospital and moonlighting at an emergency clinic, he had little
time to devote to the interview process; therefore, he was interviewed twice instead of four
times. Both interviews occurred in person. The first interview took place at the health science
center after 5 o'clock and covered one influence. The interview lasted 2.5 hours and resulted in a
transcript that was 22 pages in length. The Family Doctor's wife joined him during the interview.
The second interview occurred at a local restaurant and covered 3 influences. The interview
lasted 3 hours and resulted in a transcript that was 38 pages long. Again, the Family Doctor's
wife joined him during the interview session.
Each participant determined the order of the interview sessions based on the importance
that he or she gave to the influences. The Family Doctor interviews occurred in this order: family
background, personal perceptions and goals, educational background, and cultural background.
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