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early elementary and junior high school years, the Family Doctor felt outside of the social
structure. His parents were loners, keeping the family away from all outsiders except other
family members. The Family Doctor's inability to communicate effectively because of his
stuttering combined with his parents' insistence on conformity to their rules left him as a self-
described loner. "Junior high, I felt like I didn't fit in, because I was by myself, a loner. High
school, the same way. I didn't feel like part of the group, because it was always me and the other
guy. We just kind of hung out by ourselves." College and medical school changed that status,
providing the Family Doctor a greater ability to socialize and fit in within extracurricular
organizations and with his classmates. "In college was where I really felt like I belonged. I guess
medical school and college where I started finding my split, where I felt comfortable." The
Family Doctor even became involved in student organizations at his undergraduate institution
and the health science center.
While his undergraduate institution, the University of Texas-Permian Basin, did not have
Latino cultural organizations at the time he was a student there, a group of Latino students
started a cultural organization for students at the health science center that he attended during
medical school. Since the Family Doctor was friends with the organizers, he also became
involved with the organization. He became involved with another organization, which was
predominately Caucasian in its membership. The Family Doctor's level of comfort and
integration was more evident in the mainly Latino organization. "Well the SALSA [Society for
the Advancement of Latino Scholars in America] group, I felt more like myself, with my culture,
with the Hispanic people, with the Latinos. I was talking more. In CMA [Christian Medical
Association], I was more reserved. I felt comfortable there, but I was more reserved, didn't do as
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