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Shahabi M, Mohammadi N, Koohpayehzadeh J, Soltani Arabshahi S K. The attainment of physician’s professional identity through meaningful practice: A qualitative study. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2020; 34 (1) :102-107
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-5362-en.html
Center for Educational Research in Medical Sciences (CERMS), Department of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , soltarab@iums.ac.ir
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Background: Medical professional identity is how an individual perceives him/herself as a doctor. Formation of professional identity includes development, advancement, and socialization through social learning of specific knowledge, skills obtained while performing professional roles, practicing, and new attitudes and values. A qualitative study was performed to examine live experience of undergraduate medical science students with regards to obtaining professional identity.
   Methods: This qualitative study was performed using a conventional content analysis method. Participants were students who were studying medicine at Iran University of Medical Sciences. Sampling was done based on a purposeful sampling method. A total of 23 students took part in semi-structured interviews until data saturation was reached. The interviews were transcribed verbatim. Also, to develop themes, data were analysed using conventional content analysis.  Moreover, data management was done using MAXQDA software.
   Results: Based on data analysis, 2 main themes were as follow: meaningful medical practice” and “professional medical practice”. The first theme had 3 categories: (i) self-insight; (ii) manner; and (iii) values and beliefs. The second theme had 2 categories: (i) professionalism; and (ii) holistic view of medicine.
   Conclusion: Certain individual characteristics and personality type were factors that affected participants’ choice of their field of study. The participants’ understanding of their profession was formed, not only by studying in the university through learning relevant knowledge, skills, and practice, but also by perceived attitude, views, and values in their profession.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Medical Ethics

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