Evaluating the Impact of an Innovative Public Speaking Competition to Promote Psychiatry as a Career Option for Ghanaian Medical Students

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dc.contributor.author Agyapong, V.I.O.
dc.contributor.author Hrabok, M.
dc.contributor.author Agyapong-Opoku, G.
dc.contributor.author Khinda, H.
dc.contributor.author Owusu-Antwi, R.
dc.contributor.author Osei, A.
dc.contributor.author Ohene, S.
dc.contributor.author Ulzen, T.
dc.contributor.author Gilligan, P.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-29T10:57:11Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-29T10:57:11Z
dc.date.issued 2019-04
dc.identifier.citation Agyapong, V.I.O., Hrabok, M., Agyapong-Opoku, G. et al. Acad Psychiatry (2019) 43: 180. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-018-0986-3 en_US
dc.identifier.other Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 180–183
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-018-0986-3
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/30368
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE: The psychiatrist workforce has been identified as an area in need of development, especially in low- to middle-income countries. The purpose of this project is to assess the perceptions of Ghanaian medical students of a novel mental health inter-medical school speaking competition on career interest in psychiatry and mental health education and advocacy. METHODS: The study employed quantitative and qualitative methods in a cross-sectional design. A paper-based survey was administered to medical students from four schools in Ghana, and focus groups were conducted. RESULTS: A 52% response rate (545/1041 fifth- and sixth-year medical students from the four public medical schools in Ghana) was achieved. The competition was successful in stimulating interest in psychiatry as a subject (25%) and as a career (14%) and was viewed as serving an important public health and mental health advocacy function (65% and 66% respectively). The competition stimulated interest in students who were undecided or had previously ruled out psychiatry specialization, in both those who had and had not already completed a psychiatry clerkship (23% and 13% before and after completing a clinical rotation in psychiatry, respectively). Overall, 29% of respondents who participated in at least one competition-related activity reported that the competition stimulated their interest in psychiatry, compared to 4% who did not participate in any competition-related activity (Ӽ2 = 80, p = 0.0). Analysis of focus group content echoed these themes and highlighted opportunities for improvement. CONCLUSION: The innovative public speaking competition was successful in stimulating interest in psychiatry and furthering mental health education and advocacy. Implications are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Psychiatry en_US
dc.subject Psychiatry en_US
dc.subject Career option en_US
dc.subject Interest en_US
dc.subject Medical students en_US
dc.subject Mental health en_US
dc.subject Stimulate en_US
dc.title Evaluating the Impact of an Innovative Public Speaking Competition to Promote Psychiatry as a Career Option for Ghanaian Medical Students en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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