Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital Center (Pediatric Center of Excellence), Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Medical Education, Education Development Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran


BACKGROUND: A new domain of “personal and professional development” was introduced as a core
competency of health‑care providers. This study aimed to explore the experiences of learners and
faculty members about what competencies or skills were essential for the professional development
and success of health‑care providers.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a qualitative study using an inductive content analysis approach
in 2019–2020. In the present study, 58 academic faculty members participated by purposeful sampling
including ten associate professors (17.24%) and 24 assistance professors (41.37%), in addition to
23‑year medical residents (20.65%) and 4th‑year nursing students (20.65%). Individual and group
interviews were conducted. Data were analyzed by the inductive content analysis approach introduced
by Graneheim and Lundman.
RESULTS: The qualitative data were classified in 953 open codes and eight categories, which were
further divided into four main categories: “socio‑emotional skills,” “life‑long learning skills,” “coping
skills,” and “well‑being strategies.”
CONCLUSIONS: The present results showed socioemotional and coping skills affect interpersonal
and professional interactions that contributed to their improved health‑care providers’ capabilities.
Participants also considered lifelong learning as influential in developing professional capabilities
and keeping their knowledge and skills up‑to‑date for accountability to duties. Moreover, using
well‑being strategies protects the mental and physical health of health‑care providers. These skills
are synergistic, and their combination can have a significant role in improving the personal and
professional capabilities.


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