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SACME Virtual Journal Club June 2016

  • 20 Jun 2016
  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Teleconference/Webinar. PDFs and/or active links to full articles will be provided to all registrants.


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Title: Professional Identity Formation: Role of CPD


Presenters & Facilitators: Barbara Barnes, MD and Mila Kostic, CHCP, FACEHP

There has been considerable recent literature on the topic of professional identify formation, particularly for students and residents. This issue is also extremely relevant to practicing health professionals, particularly as they experience career transitions and confront a changing healthcare environment. In this session we will be discussing the topic based on one primary and several other articles as well as a recent interview with Dr. Fred Hafferty. We will explore how this concept relates to CPD and how attendees can address professional identity formation in their CPD programs. Participants may find it useful to read the articles ahead of the session and consider how the views expressed may inform their own thinking and practice related to the topic.

Article to be Reviewed

Hafferty, FW, Alternative Framings, Countervailing Visions: Locating the "P" in Professional Identity Formation, Academic Medicine 2016:91:2:171-174

Interview with the Author


Additional Suggested Readings

Cruess, RL, Amending Miller's Pyramid to Include Professional Identity Formation, Academic Medicine 2016:91:2:180-185

Discussion Questions:
What are some of the factors that contribute to professional identity formation of any profession? Physicians? Nurses? Research Scientists? CPD Professionals?

What can we do in CPD to support a physician’s professional identity at important points in one’s professional life: beginning, transitions, leaving a career?

How do we help physicians assess their Professional Identity?

What is the role of the profession in the Professional Identity Formation (PIF) of physicians? The professional society? The place of work? Society at large?

Proposal for amending Miller’s pyramid to include “is”: is it desirable or feasible?


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