Doctors and Soccer Players — African Professionals on the Move

International Journal

NEJM Volume 356 No 5 Feb 01, 2007

“'It’s the same for football players as it is for doctors,' I was told by Tsiri Agbenyega, dean of the medical school in Kumasi, Ghana. 'We have to train a lot more than will end up in Ghana, because they all leave. The football players go to Europe and the doctors to America and the U.K.' Agbenyega spoke with a mixture of frustration, pride, and resignation. He was pleased that Ghanaian athletes and physicians were competitive internationally, but their success meant a loss to the country— a lo

Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D.

West Africa



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