The International Medical Graduate Training Initiative enables suitably qualified overseas postgraduate medical trainees to undertake a fixed period of active training in clinical services in Ireland. The purpose of the Initiative is to enable overseas trainees to gain access to clinical experiences and training that they cannot get in their own country, with a view to enhancing and improving the individual’s medical training and learning and in the medium to long term, the health services in their own countries. Trainees must return to their source country after 2 years of postgraduate training in Ireland to be awarded a qualification.
The IMGTI evaluation study, supported under the WHO Brain Drain to Brain Gain grant, aims to evaluate the IMGTI from the perspectives of the trainees and also key stakeholders in Ireland and in the source countries who were involved in its development and implementation. In-depth interviews of visiting trainees are exploring how well the bespoke training meets their needs; and also the likelihood that the programme will contribute to retaining them in their source countries. It is hoped that the lessons learned can be used to strengthen the initiative as well as provide lessons to other destination countries of international medical graduates who are interested in developing a similar training initiative.
For further information relating to the project, please contact Aisling Walsh.
Funding support for the study comes from the project “Brain Drain to Brain Gain ‐Supporting WHO Code of practice on International Recruitment of Health personnel for Better Management of Health Worker Migration” - DCI-MIGR/2013/282-931”, co-funded by the European Union and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, coordinated by the Global Health Workforce Alliance at the World Health Organization.