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
732
47
443
289
Biochimie médicale
59
55
39
20
Cardiologie
465
52
345
120
C.C.V.T.
60
56
54
6
Chirurgie
517
48
329
188
Chirurgie orthopédique
376
50
306
70
Chirurgie plastique
114
49
72
42
Chirurgie vasculaire
42
51
30
12
Dermatologie
186
50
71
115
Endocrinologie
156
51
61
95
Gastro-entérologie
252
48
156
96
Génétique médicale
32
51
13
19
Gériatrie
85
47
30
55
Hématologie
288
50
153
135
Médecine d'urgence
155
48
114
41
Médecine interne
618
46
359
259
Médecine nucléaire
109
51
87
22
Médecine préventive
193
56
87
106
Microbiologie et infectiologie
208
50
108
100
Néphrologie
201
50
100
101
Neurochirurgie
72
50
57
15
Neurologie
285
50
170
115
Obstétrique-gynécologie
503
50
175
328
Ophtalmologie
330
51
191
139
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
233
51
154
79
Pathologie
233
50
116
117
Pédiatrie
682
49
233
449
Physiatrie
75
51
38
37
Pneumologie
268
50
169
99
Psychiatrie
1 175
52
549
626
Radio-oncologie
136
45
61
75
Radiologie diagnostique
629
48
363
266
Rhumatologie
120
50
51
69
Urologie
156
51
124
32
Total
9 813
50
5 450
4 363

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
220
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
271
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 202
Mauricie (04)
296
Estrie (05)
486
Montréal (06)
4 106
Outaouais (07)
263
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
125
Côte-Nord (09)
66
Nord-du-Québec (10)
6
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
79
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
349
Laval (13)
329
Lanaudière (14)
335
Laurentides (15)
370
Montérégie (16)
1 078
Centre-du-Québec (17)
138
N/A
2

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 363
44.46
Male
5 450
55.54

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
818
8,34
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
6 984
71,17
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
2 011
20,49