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Pharmacy 2017, 5(2), 16; doi:10.3390/pharmacy5020016

Developing Professional Identity in Undergraduate Pharmacy Students: A Role for Self-Determination Theory

James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry, Townsville 4811, Queensland, Australia
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Received: 8 February 2017 / Revised: 10 March 2017 / Accepted: 21 March 2017 / Published: 24 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Pharmacy Education and Student / Practitioner Training)
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Abstract

Professional identity development, seen as essential in the transition from student to professional, needs to be owned by the universities in order to ensure a workforce appropriately prepared to provide global health care in the future. The development of professional identity involves a focus on who the student is becoming, as well as what they know or can do, and requires authentic learning experiences such as practice exposure and interaction with pharmacist role models. This article examines conceptual frameworks aligned with professional identity development and will explore the role for self-determination theory (SDT) in pharmacy professional education. SDT explains the concepts of competence, relatedness and autonomy and the part they play in producing highly motivated individuals, leading to the development of one’s sense of self. Providing support for students in these three critical areas may, in accordance with the tenets of SDT, have the potential to increase motivation levels and their sense of professional identity. View Full-Text
Keywords: professional identity; pharmacy education; health professionals; professionalisation; self-determination theory professional identity; pharmacy education; health professionals; professionalisation; self-determination theory
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Mylrea, M.F.; Sen Gupta, T.; Glass, B.D. Developing Professional Identity in Undergraduate Pharmacy Students: A Role for Self-Determination Theory. Pharmacy 2017, 5, 16.

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