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
69
52
41
28
Anesthésiologie
699
48
424
275
Biochimie médicale
60
54
39
21
Cardiologie
459
52
343
116
C.C.V.T.
60
56
54
6
Chirurgie
512
49
330
182
Chirurgie orthopédique
370
50
301
69
Chirurgie plastique
113
49
73
40
Chirurgie vasculaire
40
51
29
11
Dermatologie
178
51
68
110
Endocrinologie
157
51
62
95
Gastro-entérologie
246
48
153
93
Génétique médicale
29
51
12
17
Gériatrie
82
47
29
53
Hématologie
283
50
153
130
Médecine d'urgence
151
48
112
39
Médecine interne
612
46
359
253
Médecine nucléaire
105
52
86
19
Médecine préventive
195
56
89
106
Microbiologie et infectiologie
206
51
108
98
Néphrologie
206
50
107
99
Neurochirurgie
74
51
58
16
Neurologie
279
50
167
112
Obstétrique-gynécologie
495
50
183
312
Ophtalmologie
328
51
192
136
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
229
51
153
76
Pathologie
228
50
111
117
Pédiatrie
675
49
236
439
Physiatrie
76
51
39
37
Pneumologie
260
50
166
94
Psychiatrie
1 161
52
548
613
Radio-oncologie
133
45
61
72
Radiologie diagnostique
615
48
349
266
Rhumatologie
118
50
50
68
Urologie
155
52
125
30
Total
9 658
50
5 410
4 248

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
213
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
271
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 209
Mauricie (04)
293
Estrie (05)
479
Montréal (06)
4 001
Outaouais (07)
263
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
123
Côte-Nord (09)
66
Nord-du-Québec (10)
5
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
79
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
336
Laval (13)
317
Lanaudière (14)
326
Laurentides (15)
365
Montérégie (16)
1 062
Centre-du-Québec (17)
137

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 248
43.98
Male
5 410
56.02

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
803
8,31
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
6 881
71,25
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 974
20,44