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
53
41
32
Anesthésiologie
784
48
473
311
Biochimie médicale
60
56
38
22
Cardiologie
475
52
351
124
C.C.V.T.
64
57
58
6
Chirurgie
540
49
335
205
Chirurgie orthopédique
394
50
318
76
Chirurgie plastique
125
49
78
47
Chirurgie vasculaire
46
51
33
13
Dermatologie
193
51
69
124
Endocrinologie
172
51
62
110
Gastro-entérologie
261
48
155
106
Génétique médicale
33
52
15
18
Gériatrie
103
46
37
66
Hématologie
323
49
166
157
Médecine d'urgence
186
48
131
55
Médecine de famille
2
42
2
0
Médecine interne
670
46
389
281
Médecine nucléaire
113
51
89
24
Médecine préventive
193
56
84
109
Microbiologie et infectiologie
227
50
115
112
Néphrologie
209
49
101
108
Neurochirurgie
79
50
62
17
Neurologie
312
50
177
135
Obstétrique-gynécologie
543
49
162
381
Ophtalmologie
344
50
193
151
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
239
51
153
86
Pathologie
248
50
117
131
Pédiatrie
717
48
225
492
Physiatrie
81
51
36
45
Pneumologie
276
50
164
112
Psychiatrie
1 209
52
547
662
Radio-oncologie
137
47
65
72
Radiologie diagnostique
647
48
371
276
Rhumatologie
136
49
52
84
Urologie
172
50
136
36
Total
10 384
50
5 598
4 786

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
229
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
298
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 273
Mauricie (04)
323
Estrie (05)
513
Montréal (06)
4 298
Outaouais (07)
281
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
135
Côte-Nord (09)
67
Nord-du-Québec (10)
10
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
91
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
371
Laval (13)
360
Lanaudière (14)
358
Laurentides (15)
414
Montérégie (16)
1 148
Centre-du-Québec (17)
142
N/A
1

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 786
46.09
Male
5 598
53.91

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
861
8,29
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 545
72,66
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 978
19,05