Doctors in construction: medical interns in the early stages of their career
Social and Organizational Sciences Polytechnical Institute of Santarém Santarém, Portugal
With this paper we aim to understand how recent graduates in Medicine (Interns) build their decisions regarding their career, and which strategies they adopt towards it.
In order to do it, we mobilize contributions from the sociology of professions, with the concepts of socialization, integration and professional identity, among others, and the sociology of employment, using the concept of employability.
Internship is a very interesting, and less studied part of medical formation; it combines post-graduate formation and vocational training, compulsory to enter the profession, and it represents the transition from formal education to working life, defining ways of integration and choices, towards a new social identity.
In this research, we try to assess the Interns? ability to search for jobs and manage their professional mobility. Starting from the association between employability and citizenship (which includes the participation of individuals in social life, and a dimension of interactivity), we reviewed a sample of messages posted in an online discussion forum (Medical Intern Forum), where recent graduates get information and discuss with their colleagues about many aspects of their integration on the medical career.