Professional Identity Formation (Part 2)

September 14, 2021

Special Host Eric G. Boyce, PharmD - Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy - and Guests Alex N. Isaacs, PharmD, MS, BCPS - Clinical Associate Professor, Purdue University College of Pharmacy - and Sally A. Arif, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP - Associate Professor, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove - talk with us about professional identity formation, people and events that influenced their professional identity, and the importance of reflection.

Key Lessons

  • Our identities are who we are and aren't easily changed (but can and do evolved over time)
  • Our lived experiences have a significant influence on our professional identity
  • Role models and mentors play a critical role in our professional identity formation
  • Emotional experiences have a powerful effect in shaping our beliefs and motivations
  • Reflection and introspection can help us solidify and clarify our values and beliefs
  • Developing a regular and ongoing reflective practice can help us think through challenges and plan for the future so that we are clear about our purpose and what aspire to be

For more information about professional identity formation, read the Report of the 2020-2021 AACP Student Affairs Committee: A Pathway to Professional Identity Formation

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