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
75
52
42
33
Anesthésiologie
772
48
467
305
Biochimie médicale
60
55
38
22
Cardiologie
469
52
347
122
C.C.V.T.
62
57
56
6
Chirurgie
539
48
335
204
Chirurgie orthopédique
389
50
314
75
Chirurgie plastique
120
49
77
43
Chirurgie vasculaire
46
50
32
14
Dermatologie
193
50
69
124
Endocrinologie
166
51
62
104
Gastro-entérologie
263
48
159
104
Génétique médicale
33
52
14
19
Gériatrie
92
46
34
58
Hématologie
305
49
160
145
Médecine d'urgence
184
47
130
54
Médecine de famille
2
41
2
0
Médecine interne
665
46
384
281
Médecine nucléaire
113
51
89
24
Médecine préventive
193
56
85
108
Microbiologie et infectiologie
214
50
109
105
Néphrologie
206
49
100
106
Neurochirurgie
78
50
62
16
Neurologie
303
49
174
129
Obstétrique-gynécologie
545
49
171
374
Ophtalmologie
344
50
194
150
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
239
51
154
85
Pathologie
241
50
117
124
Pédiatrie
705
48
226
479
Physiatrie
82
50
37
45
Pneumologie
271
50
165
106
Psychiatrie
1 204
52
549
655
Radio-oncologie
138
46
64
74
Radiologie diagnostique
652
48
374
278
Rhumatologie
131
49
52
79
Urologie
170
49
133
37
Total
10 264
49
5 577
4 687

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
227
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
292
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 257
Mauricie (04)
322
Estrie (05)
509
Montréal (06)
4 247
Outaouais (07)
278
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
128
Côte-Nord (09)
65
Nord-du-Québec (10)
9
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
85
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
366
Laval (13)
347
Lanaudière (14)
357
Laurentides (15)
401
Montérégie (16)
1 154
Centre-du-Québec (17)
141
N/A
1

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 687
45.66
Male
5 577
54.34

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
860
8,38
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 419
72,28
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 985
19,34