Doctors-in-training growing concerned about lack of residency opportunities

January 22, 2018

A growing number of doctors-in-training are concerned about their ability to complete the final stage of their training given the lack of available residency opportunities. Maclean's reports that the ratio of medical student applicants and available residency spots has ‘tightened,’ a situation that is made worse by a skew in the preferred areas of medicine. “Now we have a situation where more than half of all positions are in disciplines that have more demand than supply,” said Canadian Medical Residency Match System CEO John Gallinger, who noted that family medicine saw many positions left unfilled last year. The Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada has reportedly set a deadline of October 2018 for medical schools to determine a plan for supporting unmatched medical students. Maclean's