Title:Brain gain, drain & waste: the experiences of internationally educated health professionals in Canada.
Author(s):Bourgeault, Ivy Lynn|split|Neiterman, Elena|split|LeBrun, Jane|split|Viers, Ken|split|Winkup, Judi
Subject:Immigration – employment, foreign qualifications
Publisher:University of Ottawa
Place of Publication:Ottawa
Date of Publication:2010
Canada has historically relied on internatonally educated health professionals (IEHPs) to address shortages in rural a nd remote locatons and hard to fll positons within its health care system. It contnues to do so and, while this has been true for medical and nursing labour in the past, this is now also true for midwives. At the same tme, we hear of numerous accounts of IEHPs who are not able to practce their profession in Canada. The barriers to practce for IEHPs – what some have labelled the ‘brain waste’ problem – have recently become a signifcant concern for Canadians. The difcultes this causes are not limited to the Canadian context – in terms of lost labour, and possible solutons to its human resource crises – there are important implicatons for the countries from which health care providers migrate.
This study was designed to fll some of these gaps in our knowledge by examining:
the experiences of internatonally educated physicians, nurses and midwives who were pursuing professional integraton, who have achieved it, and who have decided to redirect their eforts; and
the barriers and facilitators they experienced along the way that they feel infuenced their relatve success at becoming integrated into provincial health care systems in Canada.