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
64
53
38
26
Anesthésiologie
703
47
427
276
Biochimie médicale
60
54
39
21
Cardiologie
457
52
344
113
C.C.V.T.
59
56
53
6
Chirurgie
515
48
334
181
Chirurgie orthopédique
363
50
298
65
Chirurgie plastique
119
50
78
41
Chirurgie vasculaire
40
51
29
11
Dermatologie
181
51
72
109
Endocrinologie
150
51
62
88
Gastro-entérologie
239
49
152
87
Génétique médicale
30
51
13
17
Gériatrie
79
47
29
50
Hématologie
280
50
154
126
Médecine d'urgence
144
49
111
33
Médecine interne
602
46
357
245
Médecine nucléaire
104
52
85
19
Médecine préventive
192
56
91
101
Microbiologie et infectiologie
207
51
110
97
Néphrologie
201
50
105
96
Neurochirurgie
75
51
59
16
Neurologie
274
50
166
108
Obstétrique-gynécologie
494
50
188
306
Ophtalmologie
334
51
196
138
Oto-rhino-laryngologie
227
51
151
76
Pathologie
228
50
113
115
Pédiatrie
659
49
232
427
Physiatrie
74
51
38
36
Pneumologie
255
50
166
89
Psychiatrie
1 161
52
555
606
Radio-oncologie
133
45
61
72
Radiologie diagnostique
616
48
352
264
Rhumatologie
117
50
52
65
Urologie
159
52
129
30
Total
9 595
50
5 439
4 156

Geographical Data

Region
Number of Medical Specialists
Bas-Saint-Laurent (01)
217
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (02)
269
Capitale-Nationale (03)
1 219
Mauricie (04)
290
Estrie (05)
471
Montréal (06)
3 969
Outaouais (07)
254
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (08)
128
Côte-Nord (09)
67
Nord-du-Québec (10)
4
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (11)
81
Chaudière-Appalaches (12)
337
Laval (13)
314
Lanaudière (14)
316
Laurentides (15)
364
Montérégie (16)
1 052
Centre-du-Québec (17)
135

Distribution by Gender

Gender
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Female
4 156
43.31
Male
5 439
56.69

Types of Practice

Types of Practice
Number of Medical Specialists
%
Medical specialists with an office practice only
780
8,13
Medical specialists with a hospital practice only
6 824
71,12
Medical specialists with mixed practice (both hospital and office)
1 991
20,75