Monash University
PhD Thesis James Brown. GP trainee identity development. Final submission.pdf (2.63 MB)

Trainee identity development and the general practice supervisory relationship. A critical realist perspective.

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posted on 2021-04-07, 23:18 authored by James Brown
This thesis provides a theoretical framework for the identity development of general practice trainees; particularly within the context of the supervisory relationship. This is important because a clinician’s professional identity frames their clinical practice. Identity development happens in the context of relationships and the supervisory relationship is a key relationship for general practice trainees. The work of this thesis draws on empirical data and takes a critical realist approach to theory building. The framework will inform general practice training in Australia so that training can effectively support the identity development of trainees within their supervisory relationships.


Principal supervisor

Debra Nestel

Additional supervisor 1

Margaret Hay

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Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences