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Call for proposals: Mini Conference on the Sociology of Health Professions

Laura E. Hirshfield, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Tania M. Jenkins, Temple University, Department of Sociology
Kelly Underman, Drexel University, Department of Sociology
There has been a recent resurgence of interest in the sociology of health professions education. From changes to the MCAT to cultural competency, there is a renewed focus on this classic area of sociology, using a range of exciting new theories and diverse methodologies. This mini-conference considers questions relevant to training, socialization, and education in the health professions in the 21st century.
We are soliciting submissions for the 2019 Mini Conference on the Sociology of Health Professions Education to take place at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 14-17, in Boston, MA.
We welcome submission on a range of health professions, including but not limited to:
  • pre-medical, undergraduate, and post-graduate education in medicine
  • nursing, nursing assistantship, and advanced practice nursing
  • physical and occupational therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • careworkers, medical assistants and technicians
Topics may include:
● Diversity and discrimination
● Status maintenance and hierarchies
● Cultural and structural competency
● Professional and emotional socialization or identity formation
● Specialty choices
● New technologies in education, such as simulation
● Mentorship and pipeline processes
● Teaching and learning empathy
● Knowledge acquisition and uncertainty
● Standardized testing and licensing procedures
Our hope is to use this mini-conference to build on the growing momentum of interest, and bring together a wide range of scholars at different career stages and institution types (i.e., those in traditional sociology departments and those working in health professions schools).
Those wishing to present papers should submit an abstract of 250 words through the regular ESS submission process at When submitting your abstract, please note that you would like the paper to be considered for the Sociology of Health Professions Education mini-conference. The deadline for abstracts is October 15, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the organizers: Laura Hirshfield (, Tania Jenkins ( or Kelly Underman (

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