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
69
52
42
27
Anesthésiologie
740
48
446
294
Biochimie médicale
60
54
38
22
Cardiologie
462
52
341
121
C.C.V.T.
62
56
56
6
Chirurgie
523
48
332
191
Chirurgie orthopédique
381
50
310
71
Chirurgie plastique
117
49
74
43
Chirurgie vasculaire
43
51
31
12
Dermatologie
190
50
71
119
Endocrinologie
159
51
61
98
Gastro-entérologie
255
48
157
98
Génétique médicale
31
52
13
18
Gériatrie
86
47
31
55
Hématologie
295
49
153
142
Médecine d'urgence
157
48
115
42
Médecine de famille
1
35
0
1
Médecine interne
631
46
366
265
Médecine nucléaire
112
51
89
23
Médecine préventive
195
56
88
107
Microbiologie et infectiologie
211
50
108
103
Néphrologie
209
49
102
107
Neurochirurgie
74
50
58
16
Neurologie
289
50
172
117
Obstétrique-gynécologie
510
50
174
336
Ophtalmologie
337
50
193
144
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
236
51
155
81
Pathologie
231
50
113
118
Pédiatrie
689
48
226
463
Physiatrie
77
51
38
39
Pneumologie
271
50
169
102
Psychiatrie
1 176
52
544
632
Radio-oncologie
137
46
63
74
Radiologie diagnostique
631
48
362
269
Rhumatologie
123
50
51
72
Urologie
155
50
123
32
Total
9 924
50
5 465
4 459

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
223
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
280
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 214
Mauricie (04)
307
Estrie (05)
492
Montréal (06)
4 121
Outaouais (07)
266
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
122
Côte-Nord (09)
65
Nord-du-Québec (10)
6
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
82
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
348
Laval (13)
341
Lanaudière (14)
342
Laurentides (15)
378
Montérégie (16)
1 100
Centre-du-Québec (17)
139
N/A
2

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 459
44.93
Male
5 465
55.07

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
831
8,37
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 064
71,18
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
2 029
20,45