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
723
47
438
285
Biochimie médicale
60
55
39
21
Cardiologie
462
52
344
118
C.C.V.T.
60
56
54
6
Chirurgie
511
49
327
184
Chirurgie orthopédique
374
50
304
70
Chirurgie plastique
114
49
72
42
Chirurgie vasculaire
41
51
29
12
Dermatologie
181
50
71
110
Endocrinologie
157
51
62
95
Gastro-entérologie
252
48
155
97
Génétique médicale
30
51
12
18
Gériatrie
85
46
30
55
Hématologie
291
50
154
137
Médecine d'urgence
156
48
115
41
Médecine interne
625
46
363
262
Médecine nucléaire
110
51
88
22
Médecine préventive
196
56
89
107
Microbiologie et infectiologie
209
50
109
100
Néphrologie
205
50
104
101
Neurochirurgie
71
50
56
15
Neurologie
283
50
169
114
Obstétrique-gynécologie
509
50
182
327
Ophtalmologie
326
51
191
135
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
230
51
152
78
Pathologie
233
50
117
116
Pédiatrie
679
49
233
446
Physiatrie
76
51
39
37
Pneumologie
269
50
170
99
Psychiatrie
1 168
52
545
623
Radio-oncologie
135
45
61
74
Radiologie diagnostique
624
48
359
265
Rhumatologie
119
50
50
69
Urologie
156
51
124
32
Total
9 787
50
5 448
4 339

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
219
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
276
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 204
Mauricie (04)
300
Estrie (05)
480
Montréal (06)
4 091
Outaouais (07)
266
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
123
Côte-Nord (09)
65
Nord-du-Québec (10)
6
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
79
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
350
Laval (13)
323
Lanaudière (14)
331
Laurentides (15)
364
Montérégie (16)
1 073
Centre-du-Québec (17)
136
N/A
2

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 339
44.33
Male
5 448
55.67

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
813
8,31
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
6 966
71,18
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
2 008
20,52