Medical Professional Identity Formation (PIF) has been suggested as a fundamental outcome in medical education (Cruess et al., 2014). Medical professional identity is development of both personal and professional identity as a physician. PIF achieved in stages over time during which the characteristics, values, and norms of the medical profession are internalised, resulting in individual thinking, acting, and feeling like a physician (Cruess et al., 2014). It is basically not a process of learning to demonstrate professional behaviour but of change into a “professional being” or professional physician. Throughout the journey of PIF, moments of dissonance between personal values and professional values are likely to occur. So logically, there will be phases of learning and unlearning. Learning is generally well-defined, but unlearning has been conceptualised through different lenses both on the process of unlearning and the unlearnt content, leading to conflicting views.
- Professional identity formation
- medical education
- medical profession
- Professional behaviour