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
73
52
42
31
Anesthésiologie
741
48
446
295
Biochimie médicale
60
54
38
22
Cardiologie
465
52
344
121
C.C.V.T.
63
56
57
6
Chirurgie
522
48
331
191
Chirurgie orthopédique
381
50
310
71
Chirurgie plastique
118
49
74
44
Chirurgie vasculaire
42
51
30
12
Dermatologie
190
50
71
119
Endocrinologie
160
51
61
99
Gastro-entérologie
256
48
157
99
Génétique médicale
31
52
13
18
Gériatrie
87
47
31
56
Hématologie
298
49
155
143
Médecine d'urgence
175
47
124
51
Médecine de famille
2
41
2
0
Médecine interne
659
45
384
275
Médecine nucléaire
112
51
89
23
Médecine préventive
196
56
88
108
Microbiologie et infectiologie
212
50
108
104
Néphrologie
208
49
101
107
Neurochirurgie
74
50
58
16
Neurologie
290
50
172
118
Obstétrique-gynécologie
508
50
174
334
Ophtalmologie
340
50
195
145
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
233
51
152
81
Pathologie
231
50
113
118
Pédiatrie
692
49
227
465
Physiatrie
78
51
38
40
Pneumologie
272
50
169
103
Psychiatrie
1 183
52
547
636
Radio-oncologie
138
46
63
75
Radiologie diagnostique
631
48
361
270
Rhumatologie
123
50
51
72
Urologie
156
50
124
32
Total
10 000
49
5 500
4 500

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
222
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
282
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 222
Mauricie (04)
310
Estrie (05)
497
Montréal (06)
4 146
Outaouais (07)
266
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
122
Côte-Nord (09)
65
Nord-du-Québec (10)
6
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
83
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
353
Laval (13)
347
Lanaudière (14)
345
Laurentides (15)
384
Montérégie (16)
1 112
Centre-du-Québec (17)
139
N/A
1

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 500
45
Male
5 500
55

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
854
8,54
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
7 111
71,11
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
2 035
20,35