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
736
47
444
292
Biochimie médicale
61
54
39
22
Cardiologie
465
52
343
122
C.C.V.T.
61
56
55
6
Chirurgie
524
48
333
191
Chirurgie orthopédique
385
50
314
71
Chirurgie plastique
116
49
73
43
Chirurgie vasculaire
42
51
30
12
Dermatologie
191
50
71
120
Endocrinologie
155
52
61
94
Gastro-entérologie
255
48
158
97
Génétique médicale
31
51
13
18
Gériatrie
84
47
30
54
Hématologie
292
50
153
139
Médecine d'urgence
156
48
115
41
Médecine de famille
1
35
0
1
Médecine interne
632
46
368
264
Médecine nucléaire
112
51
89
23
Médecine préventive
195
55
88
107
Microbiologie et infectiologie
209
50
108
101
Néphrologie
204
50
101
103
Neurochirurgie
74
50
58
16
Neurologie
287
50
170
117
Obstétrique-gynécologie
508
50
176
332
Ophtalmologie
340
50
196
144
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
235
51
154
81
Pathologie
232
50
113
119
Pédiatrie
692
48
229
463
Physiatrie
75
51
38
37
Pneumologie
268
50
168
100
Psychiatrie
1 170
52
544
626
Radio-oncologie
136
45
62
74
Radiologie diagnostique
632
48
365
267
Rhumatologie
122
50
51
71
Urologie
155
50
123
32
Total
9 900
49
5 475
4 425

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
224
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
280
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 211
Mauricie (04)
304
Estrie (05)
491
Montréal (06)
4 120
Outaouais (07)
263
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
124
Côte-Nord (09)
64
Nord-du-Québec (10)
6
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
80
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
352
Laval (13)
336
Lanaudière (14)
342
Laurentides (15)
376
Montérégie (16)
1 094
Centre-du-Québec (17)
139
N/A
2

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 425
44.7
Male
5 475
55.3

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
818
8,26
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 038
71,09
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
2 044
20,65