Education Minster Jan O'Sullivan has said it is "concerning" that almost 90% of Irish medical students are considering emigration after graduation.
An NUI Galway study found that more than a third of those said they were "definitely" planning to leave Ireland, with 50% saying they were "contemplating it".
Minister Jan O'Sullivan said the research shows we need to make it more attractive for Irish graduates to stay in the country.
She says it was an ongoing worry among medical students in particular.
"This has long been a problem in the Irish medical training system," she said. "Irish doctors have traditionally gone abroad for further training."
In a statement issued today, the Department of Health said it had already begun a recruitment drive to retain doctors in Ireland, and the implementation of a strategic review published last year is "a priority" for the Minister for Health.