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The Brain Drain Myth: Retention of Specialist Surgical Graduates in East, Central and Southern Africa, 1974-2013.

Authors
  • Hutch, Avril1
  • Bekele, Abebe2, 3
  • O'Flynn, Eric4
  • Ndonga, Andrew2, 5
  • Tierney, Sean6
  • Fualal, Jane2, 7
  • Samkange, Christopher2, 8
  • Erzingatsian, Krikor2, 9
  • 1 Department of Surgical Affairs, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa Collaboration Programme (RCSI/COSECSA), 121 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland. [email protected] , (Ireland)
  • 2 College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), Njiro Road, Arusha, Tanzania. , (Tanzania)
  • 3 Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. , (Ethiopia)
  • 4 Department of Surgical Affairs, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa Collaboration Programme (RCSI/COSECSA), 121 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland. , (Ireland)
  • 5 Department of Surgery, Mater Hospital Kenya, Along Dunga Road, South B, Nairobi, Kenya. , (Kenya)
  • 6 Department of Surgical Affairs, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), 121 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland. , (Ireland)
  • 7 Department of Surgery, Mulago Hospital, 256, Kampala, Uganda. , (Uganda)
  • 8 College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, Mazowe Street Campus, Avondale, P.O. Box A178, Harare, Zimbabwe. , (Zimbabwe)
  • 9 School of Medicine, University of Zambia, Nationalist Road, University Teaching Hospital, P.O. Box 50110, Lusaka, Zambia. , (Zambia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
World Journal of Surgery
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2017
Volume
41
Issue
12
Pages
3046–3053
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00268-017-4307-x
PMID: 29038829
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

High surgical graduate retention rates across the region indicate that the expansion of national surgical training initiatives is an effective solution to addressing the surgical workforce shortage in East, Central and Southern Africa and counters long-held arguments regarding brain drain in this region.

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