Medical Manpower

In Quebec, we have medical specialists throughout the province. In this section, as well as on each page describing the FMSQ's affiliated medical associations, you will find some statistics regarding the distribution of specialized medical manpower such as geographic distribution, age and gender division.

The data presented in this section is compiled on a regular basis and updated every night. They are thus the most recent figures we have at our disposal. They only take into account physicians who are actively practising (within the context of Quebec's health insurance system) and who have at least one principal practice in a hospital centre or in a private office, according to our internal database on medical manpower management. At the time we prepared these statistics, several physicians were not active for various reasons: leave to pursue subspecialty studies (fellowship); leave to carry on teaching, administration or fundamental research activities; maternity or paternity leave; retirement; etc.

The data is frequently updated by the FMSQ's affiliated medical associations. However, disparities may exist between the information collated and managed by the FMSQ and that of the Collège des médecins, the department of health and social services (MSSS), the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and other databases or information sources. It is also possible for the overall statistics to be inexact because of incomplete information on a physician's record. For example, if a physician has not provided a date of birth, the age field in the database will contain a 0. This will have an impact on the overall average age, for his or her specialty as well as for medical specialists as a whole.

 

In Quebec, 60 medical specialties are recognized by the Collège des médecins du Québec. As of now, 59 of these medical specialties are represented at the FMSQ by 35 affiliated medical associations. The FMSQ does not represent general practitioners whose field of activity was recognized as the 60th medical specialty.

Please note the demographic data is made by association and not by medical specialty. A medical association can represent more than one subspecialty.
The data above is updated every night. They are thus the most recent statistics we have at our disposal.
 

Demographic Data

By Speciality (Statistics from Associations)
Number
Average Age
Men
Women
Allergie et immunologie
73
52
42
31
Anesthésiologie
736
48
443
293
Biochimie médicale
60
54
38
22
Cardiologie
464
52
344
120
C.C.V.T.
62
56
56
6
Chirurgie
521
48
328
193
Chirurgie orthopédique
383
50
311
72
Chirurgie plastique
120
50
76
44
Chirurgie vasculaire
42
51
30
12
Dermatologie
191
50
71
120
Endocrinologie
160
51
61
99
Gastro-entérologie
256
48
156
100
Génétique médicale
31
52
13
18
Gériatrie
88
47
31
57
Hématologie
299
49
157
142
Médecine d'urgence
175
47
124
51
Médecine de famille
2
41
2
0
Médecine interne
656
45
380
276
Médecine nucléaire
112
51
89
23
Médecine préventive
194
55
87
107
Microbiologie et infectiologie
210
50
106
104
Néphrologie
208
49
101
107
Neurochirurgie
77
50
61
16
Neurologie
292
50
172
120
Obstétrique-gynécologie
521
49
172
349
Ophtalmologie
339
51
194
145
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
233
51
152
81
Pathologie
231
50
113
118
Pédiatrie
693
49
228
465
Physiatrie
78
51
38
40
Pneumologie
273
50
169
104
Psychiatrie
1 184
52
546
638
Radio-oncologie
138
46
63
75
Radiologie diagnostique
635
48
363
272
Rhumatologie
124
50
51
73
Urologie
154
50
124
30
Total
10 015
49
5 492
4 523

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
221
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
284
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 222
Mauricie (04)
309
Estrie (05)
497
Montréal (06)
4 161
Outaouais (07)
264
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
123
Côte-Nord (09)
63
Nord-du-Québec (10)
6
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
83
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
355
Laval (13)
347
Lanaudière (14)
346
Laurentides (15)
389
Montérégie (16)
1 133
Centre-du-Québec (17)
141
N/A
1

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 523
45.16
Male
5 492
54.84

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
857
8,56
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 110
70,99
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
2 048
20,45