Academic Motivation Among First-Year Medical Students at HITEC IMS Following an Integrated Curriculum, A Prospective Study


  • Author- Iram Zakria, Maleeha Zafar, Salma Ambreen Shahab, Saqib Nasir, Iram Tassaduq, Asma Hafeez, Asma Naeem, Anum Khalid, Muhammad Hamza


Objective: To evaluate the impact of the curriculum's level 7 integration on first-year students' level of academic motivation.


Methods: This longitudinal study was conducted at HITEC-IMS,Anatomy Department over a period of 12 weeks. Purposive sampling technique was employed to engage all first year MBBS students, taught an academic module through the integrated curriculum at level-7. Pre and post module data was collected in two phases, through a pre-validated 28-item Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) questionnaire with five factor variation at the Likert scale, wherein 4 items represented amotivation, 11 intrinsic motivation, and 13 extrinsic motivations.


  A highest mean motivation score was observed for extrinsic motivation in both phases of the study without any statistically significant difference. While a statistically significant results (p-value <0.05) were observed in the form of a rise in means scores for three out of four items representing amotivation, and a decline in case of five out of eleven items showing intrinsic motivation.


 The study identified that in our context, the major motivation with which a medical student embarks upon the journey of medical education, and continues to have later on is extrinsically derived. Moreover, the amotivation enhances and the intrinsically driven motivation; which lacks behind other factors even at the outset, reduces with exposure to integrated medical curriculum.


Academic Motivation, Integration, Medical students, Curriculum