Professor Elizabeth Molloy (Department of Medical Education)
Associate Professor Anna Ryan (Department of Medical Education)
Professor Richard O'Brien (Austin Clinical School)
Professional identity formation in sexual and gender minority medical students.
Abstract / overview of project
At its most basic level, the concept of identity asks the question ‘Who am I?’. Within medical education, the notion of identity has primarily concerned the development of a professional identity, which is espoused as a key achievement of medical training. While much literature is available regarding the influences on the development of a strong professional identity in medical students, relatively few studies have focussed on professional identity formation in minority groups. This study will add to the body of research on professional identity formation in sexual and gender minority medical students by answering the research question: What are the experiences of sexual and gender minority medical students during their medical training, and how do these experiences influence their developing professional identities?