The Becoming

Students’ Reflections on the Process of Professional Identity Formation in Medical Education

Within medical education, professional identity formation (PIF) is the multifaceted process by which medical students transition from laypersons to physicians.  To this process, students bring prior identities, ideas about physician role and image, and visions for their futures.  They face the challenge of integrating identities and reconciling preconceived ideas about the physician role with the lived reality of medicine. Read more