Multiple reports are questioning universities’ value and purpose in the wake of the global transition to emergency online and remote teaching. In the case of healthcare education, the future and extent of online education is particularly noteworthy given the critical reliance on human interaction for successful healthcare practice and medical outcomes.
So, what’s the role of online and remote education in medical student preparation for their future careers?
The answer to this question, in part, relies on what doctors see as their own role in healthcare. This is also known as medical professional identity.
Professional identity has been described as: “How we perceive ourselves as professionals based on … attributes, beliefs, values, motives and experiences in relation to our profession.”
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