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
68
52
42
26
Anesthésiologie
734
47
443
291
Biochimie médicale
60
54
39
21
Cardiologie
467
52
345
122
C.C.V.T.
61
56
55
6
Chirurgie
520
48
330
190
Chirurgie orthopédique
381
50
310
71
Chirurgie plastique
114
49
72
42
Chirurgie vasculaire
42
51
30
12
Dermatologie
191
50
72
119
Endocrinologie
156
51
61
95
Gastro-entérologie
251
48
156
95
Génétique médicale
31
51
13
18
Gériatrie
85
47
30
55
Hématologie
290
50
154
136
Médecine d'urgence
156
48
115
41
Médecine de famille
1
35
0
1
Médecine interne
624
46
363
261
Médecine nucléaire
110
51
88
22
Médecine préventive
194
56
88
106
Microbiologie et infectiologie
210
50
109
101
Néphrologie
203
49
100
103
Neurochirurgie
72
50
57
15
Neurologie
286
50
170
116
Obstétrique-gynécologie
505
50
175
330
Ophtalmologie
337
51
194
143
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
235
51
154
81
Pathologie
232
49
113
119
Pédiatrie
687
49
231
456
Physiatrie
75
51
38
37
Pneumologie
267
50
168
99
Psychiatrie
1 180
52
549
631
Radio-oncologie
137
45
62
75
Radiologie diagnostique
633
48
366
267
Rhumatologie
120
50
51
69
Urologie
156
50
124
32
Total
9 870
49
5 467
4 403

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
219
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
274
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 210
Mauricie (04)
300
Estrie (05)
488
Montréal (06)
4 114
Outaouais (07)
265
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
124
Côte-Nord (09)
65
Nord-du-Québec (10)
6
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
80
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
353
Laval (13)
335
Lanaudière (14)
335
Laurentides (15)
378
Montérégie (16)
1 089
Centre-du-Québec (17)
139
N/A
2

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 403
44.61
Male
5 467
55.39

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
822
8,33
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 029
71,22
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
2 019
20,46