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Professional Identity Formation in HIV Care: Development of Clinician Scholars in a longitudinal, mentored training program

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posted on 09.01.2019, 00:00 by Suzanne Carlberg-Racich, Cornelia M. J. Wagner, Salma A. Alabduljabbar, Ricardo Rivero, Memoona Hasnain, Renslow Sherer, Nathan L. Linsk
Introduction: The Clinician Scholars Program (CSP) is designed to improve the capacity and quality of HIV Care by training clinicians in underserved areas. A mentoring approach is used to deliver individualized educational opportunities over the course of a year focused on preparing clinicians to provide high-quality patient-centered HIV care. Evaluation of the program has illustrated increases in knowledge, skills, and practice behavior, yet critical domains remain unexplored, particularly the potential for the program to affect professional identity formation and networking between individual clinicians. Methods: Qualitative exit interviews (N = 50) were conducted over 4 years of the CSP. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using an open-coding process with multiple coders. Interrater reliability was assessed. Themes related to professional development and networking emerged. Results: Thematic analysis revealed changes in several professional development domains, including: self-efficacy, HIV care clinician identity, and career development. In addition, clinicians began to develop key connections with mentors, other clinicians, and health systems – gaining a foundation in the HIV care community, enabled and strengthened by growth in professional confidence and competence within the clinician’s care context. Discussion: Evaluations of clinical training programs often focus on knowledge and skill gains without addressing professional identity development and place within the care community. This study illustrates that a longitudinal clinician training program has the potential to influence professional identify development, particularly affect how clinicians view themselves as a resource in the HIV care community and begins to facilitate necessary connections to other clinicians and the wider care system.

Funding

Development and Implementation of the Clinician Scholars Program that was evaluated in this manuscript was funded by the following grants: H4AHA00062 covers the grant period 7/1/2010 - 8/31/2015 U1OHA29293 covers the period starting 9/1/2015 - 6/30/19 Principal Investigator on these grants was Nathan L. Linsk

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Publisher Statement

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Carlberg-Racich, S., Wagner, C. M. J., Alabduljabbar, S. A., Rivero, R., Hasnain, M., Sherer, R., & Linsk, N. L. (2018). Professional Identity Formation in HIV Care: Development of Clinician Scholars in a Longitudinal, Mentored Training Program. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 38(3), 158-164. doi:10.1097/ceh.0000000000000214, which has been published in final form at 10.1097/ceh.0000000000000214.

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Carlberg-Racich, S., Wagner, C. M. J., Alabduljabbar, S. A., Rivero, R., Hasnain, M., Sherer, R., & Linsk, N. L. (2018). Professional Identity Formation in HIV Care: Development of Clinician Scholars in a Longitudinal, Mentored Training Program. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 38(3), 158-164. doi:10.1097/ceh.0000000000000214

Publisher

Wiley

Language

en

issn

0894-1912

Issue date

01/08/2018