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Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 229–232 | Cite as

Promoting Psychiatry as a Career Option for Ghanaian Medical Students Through a Public-Speaking Competition

  • Vincent Israel Opoku AgyapongEmail author
  • Declan McLoughlin
Brief Report

Abstract

Objective

Authors assessed the impact of a public-speaking competition on the level of interest in psychiatry of Ghanaian medical students.

Methods

An inter-medical school public-speaking competition was organized to promote psychiatry as a fulfilling career option for Ghanaian medical students. Feedback questionnaires were completed by the students and others in attendance at the event (N=122). The results were compiled and analyzed using descriptive statistics.

Results

Of the 80 feedback forms received, 37 (46.2%) were from medical students; 2 (2.5%) from physicians; 19 (23.8%) from other health professionals, mainly nursing students; and 22 (27.5%) were from journalists. Of the medical students, 29 (78.4%) agreed that the competition had helped positively change their perception of psychiatry; 22 students (59.5%) agreed or strongly agreed that the interest of medical students in psychiatry would be stimulated by the competition; 10 students (27%) agreed or strongly agreed that they would consider psychiatry as a career option if the government were to offer attractive incentive packages for doctors to train in psychiatry.

Conclusion

An inter-medical school public speaking competition is an innovative way to encourage medical students in a developing country like Ghana to consider a career in psychiatry.

Keywords

Medical Student Mental Health Service Academic Psychiatry Suicide Prevention Feedback Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent Israel Opoku Agyapong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Declan McLoughlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Dublin, St Patrick’s University HospitalDublinIreland

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