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Type: Journal article
Title: Participation and progression: New medical graduates entering professional practice
Author: Bearman, M.
Lawson, M.
Jones, A.
Citation: Advances in Health Sciences Education, 2011; 16(5):627-642
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Dordrecht
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1382-4996
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Margaret Bearman, Mary Lawson, Alison Jones
Abstract: The first year of practice after medical school is considered to be an essential part of becoming a medical practitioner in Australia. Previous qualitative investigations have investigated a number of significant aspects of this early stage of professional development. This qualitative study explores experiences and developing professional identities during internship. Thirty interns and six intern supervisors were interviewed from three different Australian states. Grounded theory techniques were used to develop three key themes: internship-as-participation, internship-as-progression, and conflicts, parallels, disturbances and outliers. Key findings were: the important balance between support from colleagues and development through taking independent responsibility; and the strength of the view of internship as part of a 'natural progression', an inevitable evolution through the stages of medical training.
Keywords: Community of practice; Internship; Postgraduate medical education; Preparedness for practice; Pre-registration house officer; Transition to practice; Work-based learning; Professional identity
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
RMID: 0020115352
DOI: 10.1007/s10459-011-9284-5
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