Tina Wong, a 24-year-old medical student at University of Southern California agrees that more women are choosing medicine as a field of study.
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She observes that divorce rates are high and does not want to depend on a spouse for financial support.
"In the back of my parent's mind, they want to think that if something ever happened to me, I wouldn't be stranded," she says.
Others, who do get in, have to settle for second-tier schools.
Some even attend schools outside the country and and get licensed in the United States.
In medical school, some APIA students realize developing a personal identity is more complex than fitting the stereotype as a "model minority." Striking a balance between socially constructed identities and their true selves becomes a challenge.
Undeniably, the numbers of APIAs who enter the field of medicine are up.
Statistics show that more women are represented in the field of medicine, from 20 percent of the pool in 1974 to 45 percent in 1999.
Sixty-five percent of APIA women students reported that their parents put varying degrees of pressure on them to become doctors, based on Hall's study on APIA women in medical school.
For example, SABA University School of Medicine in the Caribbean is licensed in 33 states, and third- and fourth-year students can see patients in over 60 hospitals in 27 states.