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
67
52
41
26
Anesthésiologie
705
48
427
278
Biochimie médicale
60
54
39
21
Cardiologie
461
52
343
118
C.C.V.T.
60
56
54
6
Chirurgie
510
49
327
183
Chirurgie orthopédique
371
50
302
69
Chirurgie plastique
114
49
72
42
Chirurgie vasculaire
40
52
29
11
Dermatologie
180
51
69
111
Endocrinologie
155
51
60
95
Gastro-entérologie
249
48
152
97
Génétique médicale
29
51
12
17
Gériatrie
84
47
30
54
Hématologie
287
50
152
135
Médecine d'urgence
151
48
112
39
Médecine interne
617
46
360
257
Médecine nucléaire
107
51
87
20
Médecine préventive
196
56
89
107
Microbiologie et infectiologie
205
51
105
100
Néphrologie
205
50
105
100
Neurochirurgie
73
51
57
16
Neurologie
280
50
169
111
Obstétrique-gynécologie
500
50
181
319
Ophtalmologie
328
52
192
136
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
229
51
153
76
Pathologie
228
50
113
115
Pédiatrie
681
49
236
445
Physiatrie
76
51
39
37
Pneumologie
267
50
169
98
Psychiatrie
1 159
52
546
613
Radio-oncologie
133
45
61
72
Radiologie diagnostique
621
48
352
269
Rhumatologie
119
50
50
69
Urologie
155
52
124
31
Total
9 702
50
5 409
4 293

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
217
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
275
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 209
Mauricie (04)
294
Estrie (05)
478
Montréal (06)
4 031
Outaouais (07)
263
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
124
Côte-Nord (09)
65
Nord-du-Québec (10)
5
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
77
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
341
Laval (13)
319
Lanaudière (14)
331
Laurentides (15)
362
Montérégie (16)
1 071
Centre-du-Québec (17)
137
N/A
2

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 293
44.25
Male
5 409
55.75

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
813
8,38
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
6 899
71,11
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 990
20,51