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Member Research and Reports

Georgia Southern Studies Career Satisfaction

A collaborative study including Dr. Samuel Opoku, temporary instructor, and Dr. Bettye Apenteng, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Georgia Southern University study the relationship between career satisfaction and the intention to emigrate. A significant number of physicians from developing nations emigrate to developed nations in search of better career opportunities. In addition to crippling the health systems of developing nations, the emigration of physicians from sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries results in a loss of return on investment to these nations. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between career satisfaction and the intention of active Ghanaian physicians to leave the country within the next five years. The study concluded that health policies aimed at increasing monetary compensation and providing junior physicians with the resources needed to excel in their careers may improve the retention of physicians in Ghana.