Introduction: This study aimed to explore the challenges of
professional identity formation at clinical education environments
from the faculty members’ viewpoints.
Methods: This is a qualitative study. The population consisted
of clinical faculty members of Tehran University of Medical
Sciences. In this study, 39 faculty members participated in
an in-depth semi-structured interview. To analyze the data,
conventional content analysis approach was used. Open coding
was extracted from the participants’ statements that represented
their experiences. Then, based on their similarities, the codes
were classified. Subcategories were emerged and after arranging,
they were classified into categories based on their relationships.
Results: Instability of professional commitment, patientcenteredness
as the missing loop care and treatment, and
inappropriate conductive context were explored as the challenges
of professional identity in clinical educational environment.
Conclusion: According to the results of the study, the formation
of professional identity among the providers is not an easy task
because many factors affect the formation of professional identity.
Therefore, a comprehensive shift towards forming the professional
identity at individual and organizational level should be planned.