Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2020 , Vol 11, Issue 1
Willingness of United States of America Resident Turkish Doctors To Work In Turkey
Mustafa Said Yıldız1
1Sağlık Bakanlığı İç Denetim Başkanlığı, İç Denetçi, Ankara, Türkiye DOI : 10.31067/0.2020.241 Aim: The aim of this study is to understand the degree of willingness of USA Turkish resident expatriate doctors and medical field scientists for temporary study, visits or relocation to Turkey and exploring the factors related.

Materials and Methods: Initially 47 expatriate physicians are asked whether they think of relocating to Turkey or spend some time in Turkey for clinical work or training-research purposes in the short or long term. Differences between degrees of willingness in terms of doctor"s characteristics (visa type, gender, age, certificate, annual income) are evaluated with ANOVA and t-tests.

Results: Most of the expatriate physicians responded positively to spend time in Turkey on a regular basis (61,7% for trainingresearch and 46,8% for clinical work in 3 years; 21,3% for training research?! (repeated), 34,0% for clinical work in 3-10 years). 23,4% of doctors stated a relocation to Turkey in 3 years and 23,4% in 3-10 years. The physician groups with H1B, green card, male gender, older, USA resident since childhood and higher income level were observed in higher willingness degree for regular clinical work or training-research visits to Turkey. Subjects in priority for physicians to relocate to Turkey permanently were linked to professional development issues as research opportunities, institutional environment, financial supports for research initiatives.

Conclusion: Supporting research and development opportunities, constructing fair financing systems for research initiatives, increasing budget for medical research and improving conditions of institutions would increase the number of doctors and medical field scientists who spend time on a regular basis for research and clinical work purposes in Turkey. Keywords : Physicians, USA, Turkey, relocating, short term, study visits