Sonia Papiu started her first year of residency as a psychiatrist in the Romanian city of Cluj in January, but she plans to move abroad within the year, seeking better learning opportunities and hospital conditions.
She will not be alone.
Yet not all doctors shy away from remote areas. From the village of Tureni, Andreea Kis has been serving as a family doctor for five villages for nearly five years.
"I chose to be a family doctor because this is compatible with family life," said Kis, a mother of two. "People in the villages preserve their humanity better."