Ciara Kenny

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Call for trainee doctors to participate in emigration survey

RCSI study aims to determine factors influencing doctors’ decisions to move abroad

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Thu, May 8, 2014, 21:18


The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is hoping to determine the extent of emigration among Irish doctors and the factors influencing their decision to move abroad by carrying out a survey of trainee doctors.

The Doctor Emigration Project, funded by the Health Research Board, will survey doctors this year, and follow up with in depth interviews later in the year and again in 2015.

“The aim of the study is to ascertain how many of the original cohort emigrated, how many remain and the factors influencing their decision making processes,” the researchers say. “Research findings will improve our understanding of emigration, retention and the motivations of Ireland’s doctors, thereby making a significant contribution to medical workforce planning and the staffing of the Irish health services.”

The findings will be made available to the HSE, the Medical Council of Ireland, and the Department of Health, “to inform strategies to improve the retention of doctors in the Irish health system and to attract back those who have left”.

To participate in the study, click here.