Quality of medical training and emigration of physicians from India.
AuthorKaushik, M; Roy, A; Bang, AA; Mahal, A
Source TitleBMC Health Services Research
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
University of Melbourne Author/sMahal, Ajay
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsKaushik, M., Roy, A., Bang, A. A. & Mahal, A. (2008). Quality of medical training and emigration of physicians from India.. BMC Health Serv Res, 8 (1), pp.279-. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-8-279.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2637864
BACKGROUND: Physician 'brain drain' negatively impacts health care delivery. Interventions to address physician emigration have been constrained by lack of research on systematic factors that influence physician migration. We examined the relationship between the quality of medical training and rate of migration to the United States and the United Kingdom among Indian medical graduates (1955-2002). METHODS: We calculated the fraction of medical graduates who emigrated to the United States and the United Kingdom, based on rankings of medical colleges and universities according to three indicators of the quality of medical education (a) student choice, (b) academic publications, and (c) the availability of specialty medical training. RESULTS: Physicians from the top quintile medical colleges and of universities were 2 to 4 times more likely to emigrate to the United States and the United Kingdom than graduates from the bottom quintile colleges and universities. CONCLUSION: Graduates of institutions with better quality medical training have a greater likelihood of emigrating. Interventions designed to counter loss of physicians should focus on graduates from top quality institutions.
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