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does not plan to stay at the health science center forever, but he thinks it will be a good place to
start his career until he builds his client base. He is 30 years old.
The Family Doctor's Perception of the Reasons for His Success
One of the research questions for this project is: What do Latino students perceive to be
the reasons for their "success" in higher education at a health science center? To answer that
question, I asked the Family Doctor what he thought was the reason for his academic success, as
the first question of the first interview session. In the first interview session, the Family Doctor
attributed his success in higher education to family background, in particular, his parents. "I
think my parents were a big part of pushing me to be successful." The Family Doctor then
explained how his parents' influence affected him, based on their limited understanding of
education and their limited experience with education. "My parents were the major influence in
my life, pushing me, pushing me to become a physician. They always wanted someone to be a
physician, another one to be a lawyer, you know. All the time, they were always on my back,
study, study, study. So they were the ones who had a big push on me."
His parents' push for educational success is evident throughout the interview transcripts.
While the cells were coded as family, the wording used by the Family Doctor was almost
exclusively in reference to his parents collectively or each one of them individually.
While family was a significant concept, it is not the dominant concept according to Table
2. The concept culture had the most frequent occurrence on the supermap, with 76 cells coded as
culture. Culture was defined by the Family Doctor as Hispanic culture and family culture;
therefore, there is a significant overlap between family and culture with 17 cells containing both
family and culture codes. Based on the data, it appears that the Family Doctor believes culture is
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