Medical graduates less interested in pursuing family medicine, leaving positions vacant

April 29, 2022
Despite the increasing number of medical graduates in Canada, family medicine positions are being left vacant as graduates show little interest in pursuing family medicine positions. This lack of interest has been connected to structural problems such as the flat rate payment system, which is not as sustainable for family doctors in more expensive areas, and graduates wanting roles that will focus more strongly on seeing patients than on running a business. The Canadian Resident Matching Service has also been criticized for not addressing the barriers that some students have faced when getting resident positions. “This newer generation of family physicians, we realize that the government’s paid a lot of money to train us and we want to work at the top of our scope most efficiently,” said College of Family Physicians of Canada President Dr Brady Bouchard. The Star (National)