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Structured reflection and focus to encourage and strengthen professional identity formation

Objective: The caliber of individuals entering medical school highlights the aptitude each student has for success, and the unique attributes each brings underscore the inclusive excellence that should be embraced and nourished.  Medical education, therefore, must seek to facilitate a growth mindset, celebrating the developing skills of each student while actively avoiding the historical aspects of shame, humiliation, or defeat that were once common in our profession.


Methods: This workshop will explore the use of targeted reflective strategies that recognize the unique interplay of basic science knowledge acquisition, clinical skill development, professional maturation, and personal growth as essential for success in medical education.


Results: Critical attention to the components that allow unfettered engagement in the learning process and the empowerment of the advocacy of health and of self are fundamentals upon which productive and constructive medical education depends.  This discussion will provide tools to help students fulfill their optimal potentials – professionally and personally.


Conclusion/ Discussion: Although there is much homogeneity in the medical knowledge and clinical skills that each student must learn to be a successful physician, there is much heterogeneity in how each student will apply the knowledge and skills.  The beauty in helping students to not only recognize but to also celebrate the diversity they bring to our profession is essential and can be used to nurture both individual and collective growth.


Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2023, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Residency Director, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, UME,

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Faculty,Clerkship Director,Residency Director,
Professionalism,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Clinical Focus

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Michelle Arnold, MD MS; Laura Mercer, MD MBA MPH; Alson Burke, MD

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