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Jag kommer ju inte bara vara läkare: Läkarstudenters identitetsarbete i sin yrkessocialisation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study sought to expand the knowledge of junior doctors’ identity work as part of their professionalsocialisation. Previous research has suggested that the struggle to identify oneself with the role of adoctor can be cumbersome for students, especially in the transition phase. Previous research alsosuggests that some of the expectations of doctors can be deemed gendered. The data of the study were55 written papers where the students reflected on their professional development. From the data, sixcategories of expectations were constructed, which the students struggled to live up to. Theexpectations included that the doctor should perform according to all peoples equal worth, have a vastmedical knowledge in their area, act with empathy towards the patients, signal stability and strength,always put work before family and free time and always be able to perform according to standards. Theexpectations were interpreted as discursive identity regulations. By forming ones identity in relation tothe expectations, the students are able to create a stable self-identity as doctors. Few differences wereobserved between the male and female students’ approach to the expectations. This was also the casefor the expectations that one could argue are gendered. This suggests that the regulatory power ofprofessional socialisation is more important than gender in the forming of the doctor identity. Mostexpectations were described as un-problematic which could imply that the students self-identity hadalready stabilised in relation to these expectations. From the results a new model is formed for use inanalysing junior doctors identity work.

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gender, identity work, identity regulation, medical education, professional socialisation
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122946OAI: diva2:942837
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Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-27 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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