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Professionalism: Forming a Professional Identity

In this module on Forming a Professional Identity, participants will learn about individualized professional identity. The module begins with definitions and characteristics of professional identity. Next, participants will learn how professional identity develops including factors that influence each phase of development. This is followed by an overview of how professional socialization influences the development of professional identity and tactics that can be used to enhance socialization. The final section focuses on the reconstruction of professional identity as influenced by career changes and experiences. Throughout the module, participants will be presented with several reflection questions to encourage a deeper understanding, facilitate discovery and meaning, and foster personal growth.
This is one of three coordinated modules focused on professionalism.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe characteristics of professional identity.
  2. Describe how professional identity is formed.
  3. Define professional socialization and factors influencing it.
  4. Describe the process of professional socialization and strategies/tactics for promoting it.
  5. Explain how professional identity evolves.
ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This basic level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.
Michelle Butina, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Division of Laboratory Sciences
West Virginia University