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Comment & Response
October 4, 2016

Primary Care “Provider” and Professional Identity

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
JAMA. 2016;316(13):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9772

To the Editor Dr Goroll cautioned that “the term ‘provider’ has the potential for adverse consequences for primary care, calling into question the wisdom of its expanded use.”1 As a medical educator within a family medicine clerkship, I read students’ reflective writings about grappling with achieving a cohesive professional identity, including negotiating the boundaries of “interprofessional identity” during clerkship experiences within interprofessional primary care teams.2 The process of constructing a cohesive professional identity2 is no easy feat, especially given Goroll’s concerns.