Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


Developing an identity as a psychiatrist is a process which has been seen by many to span an individual's career; from the first decision of choice of a career, through residency training and beyond, into the years of practice. As part of a "Residents' Day Paper," psychiatrists in the Oklahoma City area were surveyed in order to look at their perceptions of the growth of their professional identities. Despite the limitations of a small sample population, limited to one metropolitan area, some interesting common patterns emerged: the psychiatrists surveyed had diverse educational and cultural back grounds, similar practical and unconscious motivations for entering the field, influential role models, and specific developmental tasks mastered during and after training.

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