Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: On international (medical) doctors’ professional identity in a multilingual environment
Authors: Hohenstein, Christiane
Lévy-Tödter, Magdalène
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-27120-6_10
Published in: Multilingual Healthcare : A Global View on Communicative Challenges
Editors of the parent work: Hohenstein, Christiane
Lévy-Tödter, Magdalène
Page(s): 235
Pages to: 283
Issue Date: 2020
Series: FOM-Edition
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Wiesbaden
ISBN: 978-3-658-27119-0
Language: English
Subjects: Intercultural medical communication; Multilingual professional identity
Subject (DDC): 404.2: Bilingualism and multilingualism
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: In Germany and in German-speaking Switzerland, due to a shortage of medical doctors, many physicians have been recruited from abroad. While studies on trained doctors with a migration background exist with regard to English-speaking countries, international medical doctors and psychologists using German as their professional medium are underresearched. Based on 17 interviews, the present study explores how these international doctors experience readjustment in their professional identities when working in a foreign healthcare environment. A focus is on the challenges they face in their daily work and how they employ multilingual language competencies in interaction with national and international patients. The study aims to determine stages of international doctors’ development processes towards a multilingual and interculturally competent professionalism in terms of language, institutional practice and sociopragmatic aspects of healthcare in their host country.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Language Competence (ILC)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Angewandte Linguistik

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