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
66
52
40
26
Anesthésiologie
701
48
428
273
Biochimie médicale
60
54
39
21
Cardiologie
459
52
343
116
C.C.V.T.
60
56
54
6
Chirurgie
510
49
330
180
Chirurgie orthopédique
369
50
301
68
Chirurgie plastique
114
49
74
40
Chirurgie vasculaire
40
51
29
11
Dermatologie
183
51
71
112
Endocrinologie
154
51
62
92
Gastro-entérologie
245
48
153
92
Génétique médicale
29
51
12
17
Gériatrie
83
47
30
53
Hématologie
280
50
151
129
Médecine d'urgence
150
48
113
37
Médecine interne
605
46
359
246
Médecine nucléaire
105
52
86
19
Médecine préventive
193
56
89
104
Microbiologie et infectiologie
206
51
109
97
Néphrologie
204
50
106
98
Neurochirurgie
74
51
58
16
Neurologie
277
50
167
110
Obstétrique-gynécologie
493
50
183
310
Ophtalmologie
327
51
191
136
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
228
51
152
76
Pathologie
227
50
110
117
Pédiatrie
670
49
233
437
Physiatrie
76
51
39
37
Pneumologie
258
50
165
93
Psychiatrie
1 163
52
552
611
Radio-oncologie
133
45
61
72
Radiologie diagnostique
616
48
350
266
Rhumatologie
117
50
50
67
Urologie
156
52
126
30
Total
9 631
50
5 416
4 215

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
213
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
270
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 212
Mauricie (04)
292
Estrie (05)
477
Montréal (06)
3 996
Outaouais (07)
262
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
123
Côte-Nord (09)
66
Nord-du-Québec (10)
5
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
81
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
333
Laval (13)
311
Lanaudière (14)
319
Laurentides (15)
366
Montérégie (16)
1 058
Centre-du-Québec (17)
135

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 215
43.76
Male
5 416
56.24

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
817
8,48
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
6 852
71,15
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 962
20,37