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Revista médica de Chile

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PEDRALS G, Nuria; RIGOTTI R, Attilio  and  BITRAN C, Marcela. Applying positive psychology to medical education. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2011, vol.139, n.7, pp.941-949. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872011000700018.

Today we are witnessing an exponential growth in positive psychology (PP), a scientific approach to the most significant purpose of human existence: happiness and meaning of life. As a consequence of PP studies, happiness and wellbeing are now accepted as valid topics of research, despite their subjective and supposedly unscientific essence. Experimental evident indicates that happiness and wellbeing have biological bases and, thus, can be scientifically approached and eventually changed. We believe that we need to learn from this new discipline and apply its discoveries in our profession as medical educators to foster the full development of our students. In this review, we will summarize the major developments and discoveries of PP, and open the debate on the implications of PP offer to medical education.

Keywords : Education, medical; Psychology, educational; Psychology, positive.

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