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
63
53
37
26
Anesthésiologie
701
47
425
276
Biochimie médicale
60
54
39
21
Cardiologie
458
52
343
115
C.C.V.T.
59
56
53
6
Chirurgie
512
49
333
179
Chirurgie orthopédique
365
50
299
66
Chirurgie plastique
115
49
76
39
Chirurgie vasculaire
40
51
29
11
Dermatologie
185
51
72
113
Endocrinologie
154
51
62
92
Gastro-entérologie
245
48
153
92
Génétique médicale
30
51
13
17
Gériatrie
82
47
29
53
Hématologie
281
50
153
128
Médecine d'urgence
148
48
112
36
Médecine interne
606
46
361
245
Médecine nucléaire
104
52
85
19
Médecine préventive
193
56
89
104
Microbiologie et infectiologie
207
51
110
97
Néphrologie
201
50
105
96
Neurochirurgie
74
51
58
16
Neurologie
274
50
166
108
Obstétrique-gynécologie
497
50
188
309
Ophtalmologie
333
51
194
139
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
228
51
152
76
Pathologie
229
50
112
117
Pédiatrie
665
49
232
433
Physiatrie
76
51
39
37
Pneumologie
253
50
165
88
Psychiatrie
1 161
52
551
610
Radio-oncologie
133
45
61
72
Radiologie diagnostique
614
48
351
263
Rhumatologie
116
50
51
65
Urologie
156
52
126
30
Total
9 618
50
5 424
4 194

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
217
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
269
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 220
Mauricie (04)
289
Estrie (05)
474
Montréal (06)
3 976
Outaouais (07)
260
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
126
Côte-Nord (09)
66
Nord-du-Québec (10)
5
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
81
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
334
Laval (13)
312
Lanaudière (14)
317
Laurentides (15)
367
Montérégie (16)
1 057
Centre-du-Québec (17)
135

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 194
43.61
Male
5 424
56.39

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
803
8,35
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
6 833
71,04
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 982
20,61