Medical workforce and physician migration

Shortage and maldistribution of healthcare workers are the main problems of some countries in Asia. Demographic changes, epidemiologic shifts, redistribution of disability burden, and inability of educational systems to train adequate number of physicians differently affect each country of the region. The main goal of the group is to identify these differences and map them by country origin.


To describe main trends of medical workforce migration in Kyrgyzstan and neighboring regions
To identify main “push” and “pull” factors for medical sub populations
To inform main stakeholders about research results
To present possible solutions for current problems


Research group leader: Kasiev Naken MD, PhD
Principal investigator: Vishniakov Dmitry MD, PhD, MPH
Co-investigator: Aidaraliev Arsen MD, PhD

The results of ongoing research were presented:

Bishkek, December 13, 2019

The group presented preliminary results of study “Migration preferences of medical students in Kyrgyzstan” in a regional meeting that was devoted to problems and prospective of medical education in Central Asia. The round table was attended by President of the World Federation of Medical  Education (WFME), Professor David Gordon, Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic and Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, representatives of medical educational institutions of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, as well as the heads of independent accreditation agencies in the region.