Interprofessional Socialization; 'Dual identity' Development among Health
Hossein Khalili, RN, PhD (Student), The University Of Western Ontario
Although the importance of interprofessional socialization (IPS) has been widely
recognized in IPE literature, there is no study investigating this process among
students. According to psychology research, educating health professionals within
unidisciplinary foci has perpetuated the current form of health delivery in which
health professionals/students demonstrate ingroup and outgroup behaviours that
lead to the distrust of outgroup members. Moving towards IPE across health
disciplines and its outcome can be studied through application of Social Contact and
Social Identity Theories.
Considering that IPS is different from professional socialization, these differences can
be analogized with the differences between intergroup and group socializations.
However, conceptually, there is a main difference between intergroup socialization
and IPS. While in the former one, members’ original identities might be in conflict
with each other, in IPS this is not the case (but, they are complementary).
Therefore, if IPE is to be effective in preparing students for collaborative patient-
centred practice, IPE needs through IPS to first break down the barriers among
students (i.e., misperceptions) while keeping intact the boundaries of health
professions and maintaining the professional identity of health professionals. Second,
it needs to lead students develop another identity along with their professional one
called interprofessional identity. Professional and interprofessional identities together
create a dual identity that helps students to simultaneously perform two related roles
of being a member of an interprofessional team and of being a representative of
their own profession on the team.
Identify type of Participants’ Questions:
Considering that all faculty, students, and professionals from all discipline can
participate in this presentation, the followings are some questions for the discussion
1- What interprofessional learning intervention could transform unidisciplinary
socialization of students into a shared valuing of those across disciplines?
2- What are the potential barriers/challenges for implementing such an
3- What are the participants’ experiences on IPS?
RN, EdD, Associate Professor, The University Of Western Ontario
Stafene M. Kabene
PhD, Assistant Professor, The University Of Western Ontario