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Caught on film: identity formation and interprofessional insight using ethnographic film
  1. Tanisha Jowsey1,
  2. Jennifer M Weller1,
  3. Robyn Woodward-Kron2
  1. 1 Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  2. 2 Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tanisha Jowsey, Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education, University of Auckland, Auckland 1023, New Zealand; t.jowsey{at}

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Ethnographic film is an effective method for understanding students’ emerging professionalism and their professional identity formation within the curriculum. In the film accompanying this editorial, Jowsey1 has created an ethnographical research output that provides a visual window on the topic of negotiating professional identify formation in interprofessional simulation-based education.

The ethnographic film Prepared to Care tracks the journeys of students from four different professions through their engagement in a 4-day simulation course about urgent and immediate patient care in Auckland, New Zealand.2 The film is observational, capturing authentic student responses to ‘patients’ and to each other. It offers us rich information about how students display their professional selves: through interactions with peers and with simulated ‘patients’ in their actions, gestures, behaviours and facial expressions; and through their expression of ideas, concerns and beliefs—as evidenced in their candid short interviews following simulation debriefs. In the film, we see students learning to triage, manage their nerves and anxiety, share information in structured ways, manage tasks, and demonstrate respect and empathy as they cope with dying ‘patients’.2 We also see students relax immediately following simulations and in that moment it becomes clear how much effort and stress was involved during their simulation.

The educational context of prepared to care

Prepared to Care is a film about the undergraduate interprofessional simulation programme called Urgent and Immediate Patient Care Week (UIPCW) taught at the University of Auckland. …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the manuscript in terms of analysis and interpretation, draft and revisions. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript prior to its submission.

  • Funding The film Prepared to Care, on which this article reflects, was supported by the University of Auckland (FDRF New Staff Grant), grant number (29770 2017).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval University of Auckland Human Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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