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Two thirds of Europe’s psychiatric trainees are looking to migrate

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 03 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4581
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

Researchers have identified a large “willingness to migrate” among psychiatric trainees in Europe, that could leave some countries at high risk of “brain drain.”1

Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, and Ukraine were among the countries most likely to lose trainees and face shortages because they might not be replaced, according to a study of 2013-14 survey data recently published.

In the survey of 2281 psychiatry trainees in 33 countries, two thirds were eager to migrate elsewhere at some point in their careers and half were considering leaving “now.” The authors said that this is the largest ever study of psychiatric trainees in Europe.

More than a quarter of trainees had already taken practical …

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