Understanding the medic brain drain
The migration of doctors to developed Western countries is a stark reality in countries like India. Sandeep Kumar Goyal helps us understand why this is happening
I am at a stage in my internship in India where I have to make a decision for the rest of my life. At the end of my third year, I was looking to decide which specialty I would choose, but by the end of my final year I was also faced with the same dilemma most of my seniors had previously faced—where should I pursue my postgraduate training, in India or abroad (in the United Kingdom or the United States)? After a month of discussions and self analysis, the balance tipped in favour of going abroad.
Looking at statistics from the American Medical Association for 2002, the trends are obvious. A total of 179 978 (23.3%) of the 771 491 active non-federal physicians (that is, those physicians who are not in US government service) in the United States in the year 2002 received their medical qualification in another country.