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Sociocultural Bias in Professional Identity Formation Research in Medicine, Nursing, and Counseling Psychology

June 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a talk by Rebecca Volpe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine, and Director of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  Volpe earned her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University’s Center for Health Care Ethics and then went on to complete a Clinical Ethics Fellowship at California Pacific Medical Center.

“Professional identity formation (PIF) is the foundational process of transformation from a lay person to a clinician. We set out to look at the empirical literature on PIF in medicine, nursing and counseling psychology. While reading thousands of abstracts, we realized that the vast majority of the studies we read did not consider demographic data such as race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status as important to PIF. We believe it is possible that the empirical research on PIF suffers from sociocultural bias, thereby disadvantaging trainees from non-normative populations and preserving the status quo of historically white, male medical culture.”

This event is sponsored by Eastern Maine Medical Center and is part of EMMC’s 6th Annual Ethics Day. It is also sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, University of Maine and the McGillicuddy Humanities Center of the University of Maine.

A reception will be held at 4 p.m. The talk starts at 4:30 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public.



June 14, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Bangor Room, Memorial Union
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States