Author: Goldie J Publication Year: 2013
Summary: To practice medicine students need to form appropriate identities. This paper elaborates a previous conceptualisation of identity formation in medical students and reviews trajectories of identity formation in light of empirical findings.
Description: To practice medicine, students need to form appropriate identities, ways of being and relating in the contexts in which they operate. Identity is the meanings an individual has as a person, group member or role-holder. These are cognitive schemas, which help define situations increasing sensitivity and receptivity to certain cues for behaviour. This paper elaborates a previous conceptualisation of identity formation in medical students and reviews trajectories of identity formation in light of empirical findings and discusses the implications for educators.
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