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
43
30
Anesthésiologie
761
48
459
302
Biochimie médicale
59
54
37
22
Cardiologie
466
52
344
122
C.C.V.T.
63
56
57
6
Chirurgie
529
48
332
197
Chirurgie orthopédique
385
50
311
74
Chirurgie plastique
121
49
77
44
Chirurgie vasculaire
44
50
31
13
Dermatologie
189
50
70
119
Endocrinologie
163
51
62
101
Gastro-entérologie
258
48
157
101
Génétique médicale
32
52
14
18
Gériatrie
89
46
33
56
Hématologie
299
50
157
142
Médecine d'urgence
179
47
129
50
Médecine de famille
2
41
2
0
Médecine interne
652
46
376
276
Médecine nucléaire
110
51
87
23
Médecine préventive
193
55
85
108
Microbiologie et infectiologie
212
50
108
104
Néphrologie
206
49
100
106
Neurochirurgie
78
50
62
16
Neurologie
300
50
174
126
Obstétrique-gynécologie
532
49
174
358
Ophtalmologie
343
50
196
147
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
238
51
155
83
Pathologie
237
50
117
120
Pédiatrie
689
48
224
465
Physiatrie
80
51
37
43
Pneumologie
271
50
167
104
Psychiatrie
1 178
52
538
640
Radio-oncologie
135
46
62
73
Radiologie diagnostique
648
48
372
276
Rhumatologie
124
50
49
75
Urologie
164
50
129
35
Total
10 102
49
5 527
4 575

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
223
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
286
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 242
Mauricie (04)
318
Estrie (05)
496
Montréal (06)
4 175
Outaouais (07)
273
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
125
Côte-Nord (09)
65
Nord-du-Québec (10)
8
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
84
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
363
Laval (13)
350
Lanaudière (14)
347
Laurentides (15)
395
Montérégie (16)
1 135
Centre-du-Québec (17)
140
N/A
1

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 575
45.29
Male
5 527
54.71

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
845
8,36
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 288
72,14
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 969
19,49