Religion and Spirituality as a Cultural Asset in Medical Students

Callie Ray, Tasha R. Wyatt*

*Corresponding author for this work

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We explored the ways that religion and spirituality (R/S) work as a cultural asset in the lives of medical students and how students anticipate using this asset as physicians. A group of sixteen religiously diverse medical students were interviewed, and data were analyzed using grounded theory. The results indicate that regardless of faith, students repurposed their R/S to help them cope with the stress of medical school, make clinical decisions, resolve inexplicable events, and practice patient-centered care. Medical educators should leverage this asset to help students understand how to practice in ways that are consistent with patient-centered care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1062-1073
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural assets
  • Diversity
  • Medical students
  • Patient-centered care
  • Qualitative research


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