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
74
52
42
32
Anesthésiologie
768
48
463
305
Biochimie médicale
60
55
38
22
Cardiologie
467
52
345
122
C.C.V.T.
63
56
57
6
Chirurgie
533
48
331
202
Chirurgie orthopédique
386
50
312
74
Chirurgie plastique
123
50
78
45
Chirurgie vasculaire
46
50
32
14
Dermatologie
191
50
69
122
Endocrinologie
162
51
62
100
Gastro-entérologie
261
48
158
103
Génétique médicale
33
51
14
19
Gériatrie
89
47
33
56
Hématologie
299
50
157
142
Médecine d'urgence
183
47
129
54
Médecine de famille
2
41
2
0
Médecine interne
661
45
384
277
Médecine nucléaire
112
51
88
24
Médecine préventive
193
56
85
108
Microbiologie et infectiologie
214
50
110
104
Néphrologie
207
49
101
106
Neurochirurgie
78
50
62
16
Neurologie
304
49
175
129
Obstétrique-gynécologie
534
49
173
361
Ophtalmologie
344
50
195
149
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
241
51
156
85
Pathologie
238
50
117
121
Pédiatrie
702
48
226
476
Physiatrie
81
51
37
44
Pneumologie
268
49
163
105
Psychiatrie
1 196
52
547
649
Radio-oncologie
136
46
63
73
Radiologie diagnostique
653
48
375
278
Rhumatologie
125
50
49
76
Urologie
168
49
132
36
Total
10 195
49
5 560
4 635

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
226
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
290
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 248
Mauricie (04)
319
Estrie (05)
501
Montréal (06)
4 214
Outaouais (07)
278
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
127
Côte-Nord (09)
65
Nord-du-Québec (10)
9
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
85
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
363
Laval (13)
349
Lanaudière (14)
353
Laurentides (15)
399
Montérégie (16)
1 147
Centre-du-Québec (17)
143
N/A
1

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 635
45.46
Male
5 560
54.54

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
854
8,38
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 358
72,17
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 983
19,45