More physicians having trouble finding jobs

October 10, 2013

A new report by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada reveals that a growing number of medical specialists are having difficulty finding work. 16% of respondents who were certified in Canada during 2011 and 2012 said they were unable to secure employment. Another 31.2% indicated they chose not to enter the job market, opting to pursue further training because they believed it would make them more employable. The study also showed that employment challenges appeared to increase in 2012 over 2011. Respondents who reported having employment issues increased to 17% in 2012 from 13% in 2011 for specialists, and to 21% from 15% for subspecialists. The study identified 3 factors that may contribute to the decline: the weakened economy, which has forced many doctors to delay retirement; the emergence of interprofessional models of care that rely less on physicians; and a lack of adequate career and job search counseling. Royal College News Release