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Dynamics of international medical graduates’ migration: Challenges and opportunities 

Dynamics of international medical graduates’ migration: Challenges and opportunities
Dynamics of international medical graduates’ migration: Challenges and opportunities

Nyapati Rao

, Saeed Ahmed

, and Dinesh Bhugra

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date: 18 May 2021

International medical graduates (IMGs) provide an invaluable service in many high-income countries. Their migration patterns vary and the post-migration adjustments need to be understood to ensure that they remain well and are looked after. They hail from a variety of medical schools and with varying linguistic skills. Their religious backgrounds vary, as do reasons for migration and personal responses to changes in working in different healthcare systems. With many students from high-income countries going into low-income countries to do their medical training, the processes of adjustment can bring certain challenges. The waves of IMGs have changed from Europe to Hispanic to South Asian IMGs. The training needs of IMGs include an understanding of the healthcare system, as well as picking up evidence-based care. Language barriers and social isolation, especially for those who did not speak English as their first language or are working in remote areas can create problems in functioning well.

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