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Professional integration as a process of professional resocialization: Internationally educated health professionals in Canada


  • Neiterman, Elena
  • Bourgeault, Ivy Lynn


This paper examines the process of professional resocialization among internationally educated health care professionals (IEHPs) in Canada. Analyzing data from qualitative interviews with 179 internationally educated physicians, nurses, and midwives and 70 federal, provincial and regional stakeholders involved in integration of IEHPs, we examine (1) which aspects of professional work are modified in transition to a new health care system; (2) which aspects of professional practice are learned by IEHPs in the new health environment, and (3) how IEHPs maintain their professional identity in transition to a new health care system. In doing so, we compare the accounts of IEHPs with the policy stakeholders' positions and analyze the similarities and the differences across three health care professions (medicine, nursing, and midwifery). This enables us to explore the issue of professional resocialization from the analytical intersection of gender, professional dominance, and institutional/organizational lenses.

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  • Neiterman, Elena & Bourgeault, Ivy Lynn, 2015. "Professional integration as a process of professional resocialization: Internationally educated health professionals in Canada," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 131(C), pages 74-81.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:131:y:2015:i:c:p:74-81
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.02.043

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    1. Bernstein, Judith H. & Shuval, Judith T., 1998. "The occupational integration of former Soviet physicians in Israel," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 47(6), pages 809-819, September.
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