Podcast | Practice of Medicine | June 1, 2021

Association of Intrinsic Motivating Factors and Joy in Practice

This podcast explores the motivating factors for a physician experiencing “Joy in Practice”, a topic that will also be addressed in an upcoming issue of the Southern Medical Journal.  Join Matthew Du, a third-year medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine as he details how this study used a bit different approach to the topic of satisfaction with one’s practice; instead of addressing the commonly studied concept of “burn-out,” he and his coauthors, Drs. Hyo Jung Tak and John Yoon, utilized the novel concept of why physicians experience joy in practice.  The authors’ study utilized validated physician well-being measures, and tested the concept of joy in practice with certain intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The authors believe that there is promise in addressing joy in practice as a marker of physician well-being, and offer primary and secondary outcomes from the study as insightful into the perspectives from a national physician survey.

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Matthew Du grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. degree in Molecular Biology and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. He is currently a third-year medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.



Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBioethics, is professor emeritus and clinical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His areas of clinical practice and research include tissue reconstruction, upper respiratory diseases, trauma and disaster management, and bioengineering. He holds advanced degrees in public health, engineering, health policy, and bioethics.


Jennifer Price, MA, is the managing editor of the Southern Medical Journal, and also serves as the education manager for the Southern Medical Association.

Disclosure Information:
None of the participants have any financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose.

References and Resources

  1. Du M,  Tak HJ, Yoon JD. Association of Intrinsic Motivating Factors and Joy in Practice: A National Physician Survey. South Med J. 2021; in press.
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