Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 1062–1073 | Cite as

Religion and Spirituality as a Cultural Asset in Medical Students

  • Callie Ray
  • Tasha R. Wyatt
Original Paper


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.


Medical students Cultural assets Patient-centered care Diversity Qualitative research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational Innovation InstituteMedical College of GeorgiaAugustaUSA

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