From: Ego identity development in physicians: a cross-cultural comparison using a mixed method approach
CIMG (n = 20)
Non-CIMGs (n = 26)
High commitment/High exploration
I first became interested in medicine as an adult - two years before applying to medicine. I did a business degree when I was in engineering.
High commitment/Low exploration
I was always committed to medicine. If I didn’t get into medicine I would have got further science degrees and then applied to medicine again. I never did any long term work.
When I was two or three years old my parents told me I would be a doctor, and I believed them. I am working to do what it takes to become a doctor so I am not spending time with a job or courses outside of medicine.