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
76
52
42
34
Anesthésiologie
775
48
469
306
Biochimie médicale
60
55
38
22
Cardiologie
472
52
348
124
C.C.V.T.
62
57
56
6
Chirurgie
541
48
333
208
Chirurgie orthopédique
391
50
315
76
Chirurgie plastique
121
49
77
44
Chirurgie vasculaire
45
51
32
13
Dermatologie
193
50
69
124
Endocrinologie
168
51
62
106
Gastro-entérologie
261
48
156
105
Génétique médicale
33
52
15
18
Gériatrie
98
46
35
63
Hématologie
312
49
164
148
Médecine d'urgence
186
47
131
55
Médecine de famille
2
42
2
0
Médecine interne
657
46
379
278
Médecine nucléaire
114
51
89
25
Médecine préventive
195
56
86
109
Microbiologie et infectiologie
217
50
111
106
Néphrologie
209
49
101
108
Neurochirurgie
79
51
63
16
Neurologie
306
49
175
131
Obstétrique-gynécologie
546
49
166
380
Ophtalmologie
346
51
195
151
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
240
51
155
85
Pathologie
241
50
116
125
Pédiatrie
709
48
225
484
Physiatrie
81
51
36
45
Pneumologie
277
49
165
112
Psychiatrie
1 206
52
548
658
Radio-oncologie
139
47
64
75
Radiologie diagnostique
646
48
371
275
Rhumatologie
131
49
52
79
Urologie
168
50
132
36
Total
10 301
50
5 571
4 730

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
227
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
296
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 264
Mauricie (04)
323
Estrie (05)
513
Montréal (06)
4 256
Outaouais (07)
276
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
129
Côte-Nord (09)
66
Nord-du-Québec (10)
10
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
86
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
366
Laval (13)
353
Lanaudière (14)
360
Laurentides (15)
411
Montérégie (16)
1 144
Centre-du-Québec (17)
141
N/A
1

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 730
45.92
Male
5 571
54.08

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
861
8,36
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 464
72,46
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 976
19,18