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
732
48
444
288
Biochimie médicale
60
54
38
22
Cardiologie
464
51
344
120
C.C.V.T.
62
56
56
6
Chirurgie
514
48
324
190
Chirurgie orthopédique
380
50
308
72
Chirurgie plastique
118
50
75
43
Chirurgie vasculaire
42
51
30
12
Dermatologie
187
50
69
118
Endocrinologie
160
51
60
100
Gastro-entérologie
254
48
155
99
Génétique médicale
31
52
13
18
Gériatrie
87
47
32
55
Hématologie
298
49
156
142
Médecine d'urgence
173
47
123
50
Médecine de famille
2
41
2
0
Médecine interne
642
46
374
268
Médecine nucléaire
109
51
87
22
Médecine préventive
193
55
85
108
Microbiologie et infectiologie
207
50
105
102
Néphrologie
203
49
99
104
Neurochirurgie
77
50
61
16
Neurologie
290
50
170
120
Obstétrique-gynécologie
523
49
172
351
Ophtalmologie
342
51
196
146
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
231
51
150
81
Pathologie
228
50
113
115
Pédiatrie
679
48
224
455
Physiatrie
80
51
37
43
Pneumologie
272
50
168
104
Psychiatrie
1 164
52
534
630
Radio-oncologie
134
46
62
72
Radiologie diagnostique
629
48
360
269
Rhumatologie
123
50
49
74
Urologie
156
50
125
31
Total
9 919
50
5 442
4 477

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
218
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
281
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 216
Mauricie (04)
310
Estrie (05)
492
Montréal (06)
4 113
Outaouais (07)
268
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
124
Côte-Nord (09)
64
Nord-du-Québec (10)
6
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
82
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
356
Laval (13)
343
Lanaudière (14)
341
Laurentides (15)
384
Montérégie (16)
1 120
Centre-du-Québec (17)
139
N/A
1

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 477
45.14
Male
5 442
54.86

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
836
8,43
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 079
71,37
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
2 004
20,2