More physician specialists remaining in NL

January 26, 2012

New research from Memorial University observes that more physician specialists are staying to work in Newfoundland and Labrador than in previous years. Comparing retention rates over two 4-year periods from 1993 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2004, researchers found that doctors working in NL since 2000 were 1.6 times less likely to leave after 4 years than doctors in the 1990s. One of the study's authors says it's believed the improved retention rate is mainly due to the number of graduates from MUN who stay in the province to practise. "Those graduates...make up a much larger proportion of the physician workforce in 2000 than they did in 1990 and we think that's what's really driving improvements in retention." Canadian Press | Read the report