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Ir J Med Sci. 2017 Feb;186(1):25-31. doi: 10.1007/s11845-015-1388-0. Epub 2015 Dec 9.

Push and stay factors affecting Irish medical student migration intentions.

Author information

1
National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. gouda.pishoy@gmail.com.
2
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. gouda.pishoy@gmail.com.
3
University Hospital Galway, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
4
Department of Public Health, Merlin Park Hospital, HSE West, Galway, Ireland.
5
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
6
UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
7
Education Division, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
8
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.
9
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
10
College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS), National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
11
National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A significant proportion of medical students in Ireland have demonstrated strong intentions to migrate following their graduation. Factors influencing these intentions are poorly understood. Our study aimed to investigate 'push' and 'stay' factors that may influence the migration plans of medical students.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional survey of 2273 medical students in Ireland using a mixed methods approach. Survey was completed by 2273 medical students, of which 263 provided free text data that are analysed in this paper.

RESULTS:

Identified push factors include negative perception regarding career opportunities, working conditions and lifestyle, while family was the only identified strong stay factor. Qualitative analysis of free text responses revealed themes that included training, career, personal and financial factors.

CONCLUSION:

This study has provided insight into the factors that influence medical student migration intentions. There is a strong need for all stakeholders to collectively discuss and engage in possible solutions.

KEYWORDS:

Emigration; Medical education; Medical student; Qualitative evaluation

PMID:
26650751
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-015-1388-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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