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The Ethics of "Brain Drain": Recruiting Healthcare Professionals from Abroad

Paul F. Clark is Professor and Head in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Penn State. He also holds an appointment as Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. Clark's research interests include employment relations in the U.S. healthcare industry; the globalization of the labor market for healthcare professionals; union structure, government and administration; and union member commitment and participation. He has worked with numerous local and national unions on research projects and regularly serves as a speaker/workshop instructor for labor education programs. He is the author of four books, including Building More Effective Unions, published by Cornell ILR Press in 2001. His research has also appeared in the leading scholarly journals in industrial and labor relations and applied psychology. Clark serves as the Director of the M.S. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Program at Penn State and regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on industrial relations, labor law, and labor and globalization. He holds a Master's degree from the Cornell ILR School and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
When Sep 25, 2006
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library
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PAUL F. CLARK

 

Professor and Head, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and Professor of Health Policy and Administration, Penn State University

Paul F. Clark is Professor and Head in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Penn State. He also holds an appointment as Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. Clark's research interests include employment relations in the U.S. healthcare industry; the globalization of the labor market for healthcare professionals; union structure, government and administration; and union member commitment and participation. He has worked with numerous local and national unions on research projects and regularly serves as a speaker/workshop instructor for labor education programs. He is the author of four books, including Building More Effective Unions, published by Cornell ILR Press in 2001. His research has also appeared in the leading scholarly journals in industrial and labor relations and applied psychology. Clark serves as the Director of the M.S. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Program at Penn State and regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on industrial relations, labor law, and labor and globalization. He holds a Master's degree from the Cornell ILR School and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Ethics of "Brain Drain": Recruiting Healthcare Professionals from Abroad

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Healthcare professionals have long emigrated from developing to developed countries in search of better professional and personal opportunities. However, global shortages of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare practitioners, combined with aggressive recruitment by developed nations, have significantly accelerated this phenomenon in recent years. This has increased opportunities for healthcare professionals to seek better-paying jobs in the healthcare systems of affluent countries, while significantly weakening the already marginal healthcare systems in less affluent nations.

This presentation will examine the recruitment and migration of healthcare professionals and the ethical issues this phenomenon raises for individual healthcare workers and the countries involved.