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Support for mobilising medical students to join the COVID-19 pandemic emergency healthcare workforce: a cross-sectional questionnaire survey

Authors
  • Astorp, Mike Sæderup1, 2
  • Sørensen, Gustav Valentin Blichfeldt1, 2
  • Rasmussen, Sten2, 1
  • Emmersen, Jeppe3
  • Erbs, Alexander Wolfhagen3
  • Andersen, Stig1, 2
  • 1 Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark , Aalborg (Denmark)
  • 2 Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg, Denmark , Aalborg (Denmark)
  • 3 Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark , Aalborg (Denmark)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMJ Open
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Sep 16, 2020
Volume
10
Issue
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039082
PMID: 32938602
PMCID: PMC7496568
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Objective To identify what motivates medical students to join a pandemic emergency healthcare workforce. Design Cross-sectional study. Setting Aalborg University, Denmark. Participants All medical students. Main outcome measures Motivational points as perceived by the students to be important. Demographic characteristics and 11 motivational domains scored on a Visual Analog Scale from 0 (low) to 100 (high) responding to the question: ‘To what degree are the following statements important for you to join a national emergency preparedness workforce?’ The questionnaire was developed by an expert panel in a process of four iterations. Results A total of 486 students of 688 (70.6%) completed the survey within 7 days in March 2020. 80% had decided to join the pandemic emergency healthcare workforce. Ranked median scores for motivational statements in each domain were: care, 100; learn, 90; pride, 83; team, 77; needed, 75; safety, 75; supervision, 75; job, 73; duty, 66; salary, 62; historic, 50. Supervision (p<0.001), salary (p<0.001) and duty (p=0.001) were given increasing priority with advancing study years. Interestingly, students added that support by the university and clarification of study plans were priorities. Conclusions Results guide decision-makers and colleagues on how to motivate or reinforce medical students in joining the pandemic emergency healthcare workforce. Importantly, students emphasised protection for themselves.

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