Where are medical graduates practising and why?

The departure of Canadian medical graduates to other countries or from one province to another is believed to be one of the factors contributing to our current physician shortages. What influences new physicians to stay and practise in Canada and in the province where they studied? Mathews and colleagues looked at data for former medical graduates of the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) to identify the characteristics and predictors of their working in Canada and in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2004. In a related commentary, Wootton discusses the many factors, past, present and future, that affect physician supply.

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National and provincial retention of medical graduates of Memorial University of Newfoundland
M. Mathews, J.T.B. Rourke, A. Park
http://www.cmaj.ca/pressrelease/pg357.pdf

What makes medical graduates practise close to home?
J. Wootton
http://www.cmaj.ca/pressrelease/pg371.pdf


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