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the most significant influence, the interview session began with that influence. At the end of the
first interview session, I asked each participant if he or she had anything to add, and then probed
for the influence that was second most influential, third most influential, and finally, least
influential, allowing research participants to rate the influences or provide feedback on possible
influences that were not included as part of the interview framework. During the final interview,
I verified the most significant influence on each research participant. Each participant was also
asked to identify any other influences on his or her educational path, and I asked for feedback on
the research process itself, including how much preparation time each participant devoted to each
interview. The scheduling of interviews was based on times and locations that were most
convenient for the participants.
Originally, I had scheduled 4 interviews with each person, one for each identified
influence; however, the Nurse and the Family Doctor wanted to consolidate their interviews. The
Family Doctor underwent 2 interview sessions, one at the health science center and the other at a
local restaurant. Both interview sessions included his wife. The Nurse underwent 3 interview
sessions, all in person at her place of business. The Scientist underwent 4 interview sessions, all
via telephone. The Internist underwent 4 interview sessions, all via telephone at his home. His
wife and child were present during the interview sessions and provided feedback during one
session. When asked for feedback about the research process, each participant said that 2 rather
than 4 interviews would have been better.
Following each interview session, I transcribed the audiotape. Transcription took from 2
days to 4 days to complete on each of the interviews, depending on the length of the interview.
Each transcript was saved onto a USB flash drive and labeled by the interview number and the
influence covered during the interview session. Each audiotape was labeled and placed in a
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