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An Exploratory Study of Physician Identities and Patient Care

January 27, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



Social-justice oriented practitioners propose that learning how to practice culturally responsive care involves more than knowledge about health disparities, and instead is predicated on self-awareness and critical consciousness. This qualitative case study examines how physicians understand their social (e.g., race, socioeconomic status, gender) and professional identities, and whether an awareness of these identities is connected to being able to incorporate these identities into clinical care. Our team interviewed and observed 25 academic physicians to understand how identity awareness might be connected to practice. Findings show that physicians with non-dominant identities (women, people of color) are more likely to be able to explain what these identities mean to them than physicians with dominant identities (men, White physicians). Additionally, physicians with more defining experiences are also more likely to make explicit connections between their identities and their practice. These findings have important implications for medical education, and point to a potential need to help future physicians reflect on their life experiences and identities, and learn how to incorporate these reflections into their practice.

Candace J. Chow is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS) at the University of Utah. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University and is a 2012 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. Her interdisciplinary work examines how physicians understand their social identities within a context of privilege and oppression, and how these self-perceptions influence the formation of professional identities and physicians’ interactions with patients. Candace’s previous work examined the intersections of race and education and the ways that Asian Americans respond to the discourses that are imposed on them. In her dissertation project, she utilized a mixed-methods approach to explore how Asian American teachers’ identities inform pedagogy and classroom practice. In an earlier project, Candace used Critical Race Theory to examine how Asian American undergraduates respond to racism at their predominantly White university.

Lunch will be provided- RSVP required.
Please reply to Angela Midgley (1-6153) by Monday, January 23.

Population & Health Seminar Series
The purpose for the Population & Health Seminar Series is to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research in diverse areas of population and health studies. The seminar series provides opportunities for faculty and advanced graduate students to generate new ideas and research questions, learn about the strengths and limitations of data sources, and identify potential collaborators.


January 27, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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