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Educación Médica

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JORQUERA-AGUAYO, P.; ACUNA-GAME, G.  and  RAMOS-JIMENEZ, M.. Motivation strategy for first year medical students, Universidad San Sebastián, Concepción, Chile. Educ. méd. [online]. 2010, vol.13, n.2, pp.97-100. ISSN 1575-1813.

Introduction. In the context of a new educational model of training, Universidad San Sebastián aims to develop teaching strategies that place the student at the center of action. Thus, it arises the need to increase motivation in young people entering the medical program, a profession that always has been linked to social values and altruism. This paper explores the relevance of early contact with the patient and the hospital as sources of motivation in the first year. Subjects and methods. All first year medical students (n = 115) were invited to visit a hospital voluntarily. There, the students visited the facilities and held a free conversation with a patient. The views were collected through a free writing. Results. 95 students were enrolled, of whom 68 did the visit. When consulted about the patient experience, students spoke positively of it. The anxiety at the beginning of the conversation was one of the most mentioned aspects as it was the importance of knowing the future workplace. Conclusions. The experience showed a high level of interest in participating. Also, it revealed elements of the student's emotional life, basis of major importance for the medical education. Finally, it is recommend the early relationship with the patient and the hospital as motivational agents in the first year. It is suggested the incorporation of tasks and complementing of the evaluation with tools that allow obtaining objective information on apprenticeship.

Keywords : Medical education; Motivation; Student-patient relationship.

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