Extracurricular activities: a comparative perspective among health colleges in Brazil and Ireland

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Iago Gonçalves Ferreira
Luciana Brandão Carreira
Niamh Murphy
Audrey Cabral Branches Soares
Paula Caroline Coelho Fonseca
Luis Eduardo Almeida de Sousa

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Introduction: University influences psychosocial and cognitive development of students, shaping their overview about professional career. Extracurricular activities (EAs) represent a complementary training in university context, which can enhance critical and technical skills. Objective: Describe the profile of extracurricular activities developed in two different colleges: Universidade do Estado do Pará (UEPA), in northern Brazil, and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), in Southeast Ireland, in the period from March to May 2015. Methods: This study is characterized as descriptive, cross-sectional, observational, with a sample of 452 academics from 5 courses: Medicine, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in UEPA (n=306) and Health Promotion and Exercise and Health Studies at WIT (n=146). Data collection was conducted through self-administered questionnaires. Results: Most of students have performed extracurricular activities (80%), with greater female participation (60%). Students also believe that EAs contribute to their training (87%), and have satisfied their initial motivations (97%). The most performed activities are academic leagues, internships and scientific research in UEPA and extension activities (volunteering) and athletic associations in WIT. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that the extracurricular activities most frequently performed by undergraduates from Universidade do Estado do Pará are professional internships, academic leagues and research. However, undergraduates’ participation in volunteering and athletic associations predominates in Waterford Institute of Technology. Such divergences reflect social, cultural and economic issues of the respective societies, and may have an impact on professional profile.

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Ferreira, I. G., Carreira, L. B., Murphy, N., Soares, A. C. B., Fonseca, P. C. C., & Sousa, L. E. A. de. (2018). Extracurricular activities: a comparative perspective among health colleges in Brazil and Ireland. ABCS Health Sciences, 43(2). https://doi.org/10.7322/abcshs.v43i2.1080
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Iago Gonçalves Ferreira, Universidade do Estado do Pará - Belém (PA)/ Escola de Saúde Pública de Florianópolis – Florianópolis (SC)

Graduação em Medicina pela Universidade do Estado do Pará com período sanduíche em Health Promotion no Waterford Institute of Technology (irlanada) pelo Programa Ciência Sem Fronteiras (CAPES).

Médico residente em Medicina de Família e Comunidade na Escola de Saúde Pública de Florianópolis. 

Luciana Brandão Carreira, Departamento de Atenção Especializada, Universidade do Estado do Pará - Belém (PA)

Doutora em psicanálise pela Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.

Pós-doutora em Estudos Literários pelo Instituto de Estudos de Literatura e Tradição (IELT) da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Professora de Psiquiatria, Departamento de Saúde Especializada, Universidade do Estado do Pará. 

Niamh Murphy, Department of Health Sport and Exercise Science, Waterford Institute of Technology - Waterford, Ireland

Doutora em Fisiologia do Exercício. 

Professora de Promoção de Saúde, Departamento de Ciência da Saúde, Exercício e Esporte, Waterford Institute of Technology. 

Audrey Cabral Branches Soares, Universidade do Estado do Pará - Belém (PA)/ Universidade Federal do Pará – Belém (PA)

Graduação em Medicina pela Universidade do Estado do Pará.

Médica residente em Medicina de Família e Comunidade no Centro Universitário do Pará 

Paula Caroline Coelho Fonseca, Universidade do Estado do Pará - Belém (PA)/ Universidade Federal do Pará – Belém (PA)

raduação em Medicina pela Universidade do Estado do Pará.

Médica residente em Oftalmologia no Hospital Universitário Betina Ferro de Souza, Universidade Federal do Pará. 

Luis Eduardo Almeida de Sousa, Universidade do Estado do Pará – Belém (PA)/ Hospital Porto Dias – Belém (PA)

Graduação em Medicina pela Universidade do Estado do Pará.

Médico residente em Radiologia no Hospital Porto Dias. 

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