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International medical students and migration: the missing dimension in Australian workforce planning?

Dawn E DeWitt and William R Adam
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (1): 56.
Published online: 3 January 2011

To the Editor: The article by Hawthorne and Hamilton, International medical students and migration: the missing dimension in Australian workforce planning?,1 highlights the issue of international students wanting to stay in Australia for internships and beyond. While the ethical dilemma created by keeping much-needed future doctors from their own countries has been extensively debated, the reality is that Australians, especially those in rural and remote settings, will rely on overseas-trained doctors for health care until the “tsunami” of current Australian medical students complete their training (in about 2020).

  • Dawn E DeWitt
  • William R Adam

  • Rural Health Academic Centre — Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne, Shepparton, VIC.

Correspondence: ddewitt@unimelb.edu.au

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