Professional Identity Formation


PIF - Professional Identity Formation

Notes from a talk by Clarence Braddock III, MD, MPH (LinkedIn) given at the 2016 Learning Communities Institute Annual Conference (website).

Professionalism through the decades

  • Virtue-based → Behavior-based → Identity formation
  • Miller's Pyramid: Knows → Knows how → Shows how → Does (Action) → Is (Identity)
  • Role modeling, Socialization in communities of practice, Reflection and reflective capacity

Cultivating PIF

  • Role modeling → exemplars
    • Purposefully select exemplars
  • Reflection → study
    • Explore the motivation of exemplars
    • Call on/create experience to internalize
  • Socialization of practice
  • Clarify the goal
    • Purposeful creation of character, inspired by exemplars, with deep understanding and internalizing of motivation, as a reliable guide to authentic action

Culture regarding error

Technical error is ok. Judgment error is ok. Normative error is not ok. Drawn from observations made by sociologist Charles Bosk's (University of Chicago Press) on surgeon culture.

Method Acting

  • Incredible level of detail of study
  • Must experience real cup of coffee before being able to imagine it
  • Context is important

Key ingredients

  • Careful study of the real character
  • Imagine/research their actual motivations
  • Draw on your own experiences in order to make the motivations your own
  • Act as that character would act through