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Med Teach. 2017 Feb;39(2):136-140. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2016.1248924. Epub 2016 Nov 21.

Motivation in medical education.

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a Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Training and Research in Health Sciences Education (CFR-PS) , University of Strasbourg , Strasbourg , France.
b Prehospital Emergency Care Service (SAMU 67) , Strasbourg University Hospital , Strasbourg , France.
c Faculty of Education , University of Sherbrooke , Sherbrooke , Canada.


Motivation is a concept which has fascinated researchers for many decades. The field of medical education has become interested in motivation recently, having always assumed that medical students must be motivated because of their commitment to highly specific training, leading to a very specific profession. However, motivation is a major determinant of the quality of learning and success, the lack of which may well explain why teachers sometimes observe medical students who are discouraged, have lost interest or abandon their studies, with a feeling of powerlessness or resignation. After describing the importance of motivation for learning in medicine, this Guide will define the concept of motivation, setting it within the context of a social cognitive approach. In the second part of this Guide, recommendations are made, based upon the so-called "motivational dynamic model", which provides a multitude of various strategies with positive effects on students' motivation to learn.

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