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Fostering the physician–scientist workforce: a prospective cohort study to investigate the effect of undergraduate medical students’ motivation for research on actual research involvement
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    Extrinsic factors can demotivate students: a response from a medical students perspective
    • Henry J Grainger, Medical Student University of Manchester Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
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      • Camelia Yousefpour, Medical Student

    We thank Belinda WC Ommering et al. for their insightful and original research regarding how medical students motivation translates into research involvement. Whilst the article focusses on motivation of medical students wanting to be involved in research and the resultant degree of participation, we believe it is important to remark on the extrinsic barriers that medical students may face in obtaining research experience despite being highly motivated and the effect this can have on their motivation to participate in research. We are sharing our thoughts on this article from the point of view of two final year medical students involved in undergraduate research. Our response includes results from a short live survey carried out at a student research conference we held locally.

    Previous studies indicate that students encounter personal and organisational barriers to research such as inadequate skill or training, limited access to information and unsupportive or unmotivated supervisors1 2. Students reported that a lack of proper training in understanding and writing papers, and difficulty finding an encouraging supervisor were two of the main barriers to conducting research as an undergraduate3. These students seemed to be motivated more by extrinsic factors, as 66.7% reported that the main reason they published their research was to improve their curriculum vitae3.

    During the student research conference we held, students were provided with a live questionnair...

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