DOI: 10.24075/brsmu.2019.055


A medical career: barriers to professional identity

Mettini E1, Yasko BA2, Kazarin BV2, Ostroushko MG3
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1 Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow, Russia

2 Kuban State Medical Institute, Krasnodar, Russia

3 Regional Clinical Hospital № 2, Krasnodar, Russia

Correspondence should be addressed: Bela F. Yasko
Sedina 4, Krasnodar, 350063; ur.xednay@alebahs

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Acknowledgement: the authors thank all participants of the symposium on Medical identities in different communities held on May 30–31, 2019 at Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University) whose reports inspired us to write this article.

Author contribution: Mettini E conceived the article and supervised its preparation; Yasko BA planned the article, systematized the concepts of identity and identity crisis used in the studies of healthcare workers; Kazarin BV suggested analyzing the role of postgraduate education in overcoming the barriers to professional identity in medical doctors; Ostroushko MG provided and analyzed empirical data.

Received: 2019-08-06 Accepted: 2019-08-21 Published online: 2019-08-26

Sometimes, a minor scientific event leaves a much more memorable trace than a large conference. On May 30–31, 2019, Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University hosted a symposium on medical identities in various communities. Reports, reviews and discussions presented at the symposium focused on the problem of identity, a unique phenomenon that results from self-reflecting on a complex dynamic process of personal development. Professional identity is particularly important for a medical doctor. This article inspired by the reports of our colleagues summarizes the results of the symposium.

Keywords: physician, identity, self-concept, professional identity, barriers, professional crisis, professiogenesis