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In transition

How medical performance is shaped by the move from medical school to practise

The developed countries draw heavily from the developing world for medical professionals, and international mobility among doctors and nurses is a marked feature of health care systems today. The transition from training to the work place is challenging for all doctors but those who have trained in a different country may face a number of additional barriers, from language and cultural problems, to feelings of isolation in a new environment, financial problems, and discrimination, which in turn may affect their performance.

On the basis of evidence from the UK, which comprises one of the most international health care labour forces in the developed world, this study compares how doctors from the UK cope with the transition from medical school to foundation training (practise) with their counterparts who trained in Europe or elsewhere in the world and seeks to identify the factors that make for a successful transition. 

 What the research means for policymakers and the wider community

The results of this study will be particularly useful for clinical and management staff responsible for recruiting and training medical staff in identifying effective ways to manage the period when doctors first begin their clinical work. It will help to:

 Research Methods

Research Team

Jan Illing (Newcastle University)

Dr Illing is a senior research associate with a background in psychology and mental health. She joined the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Newcastle in 1998 where she is Head of Research. She has a varied research background and is involved in several projects on medical education and is a member of a research Ethics Committee.

Charlotte Kergon

Charlotte Kergon is a social researcher and an experienced qualitative interviewer.