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Motivation, Medicine and Mark Twain

Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Series. Cosponsored by URSMD Office for Faculty Development and URMC Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Program

Presented by: Geoffrey C. Williams, MD, PhD Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology

Dr. Williams is a member of University of Rochester’s motivation research group and has spent his career creating interventions that facilitate patient autonomy and perceived competence to stop smoking, eat heart healthy diet, be physically active and maintain a healthy cholesterol. He is also a Twain Scholar at the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. He will discuss parallels between his work in human motivation, and Mark Twain's writings, using principles of Self-Determination Theory now studied in hundreds of empirical studies to confirm Twain's Laws of Human Action. He will discuss three mechanisms that SDT and Twain indicate may enhance autonomy and perceived competence and lead to sustained behavior change.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Appreciate principles of Self-Determination theory related to psychological needs of autonomy competence and relatedness.

2.  Apply the process of internalization central to SDT's model for health behavior and what Twain called training.

3.  Explain three processes of motivation including supporting intrinsic motivation, and dependent and independent autonomous self-regulation.

Suggested Readings: Twain wrote short chapters (each reading would be 15 minutes or so)

1.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Chapters 1-5

2.   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapters 1-5 and  16 and 31

3.   Twain's 1904 Essay Joan of Arc Maid in Heaven​

To register for this seminar please email

Faculty, PAs, NPs, Residents, Fellows, Students and Staff are welcome to attend. Light lunch will be provided.

The Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Series is a qualifying activity for the URMC Malpractice Premium Differential Program.  In-person attendance at the seminar is needed to qualify for malpractice reduction and CME credits.

ACCREDITATION  The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CERTIFICATION  The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Wednesday, May 8 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

School of Medicine and Dentistry, LeChase Assembly Hall G.9576
415 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14642

Event Type

Medicine and Healthcare, Continuing Education


Faculty, Students, Staff, Health Care Professionals

Office for Faculty Development, Center for Community Health & Prevention
Contact Phone or Email

Continuing Education Credits

1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM.

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