National system needed to guide med school enrolments

June 16, 2015

The National Post reports that the number of medical school students who are unable to find residencies and the number of unemployed medical specialists both continue to grow. According to University of Ottawa professor Ivy Bourgeault, there needs to be a national system to project needs so that the training pipeline can be adjusted accordingly. “Pretty much every country has some sort of system like that, other than Canada,” she said. Enrolments have increased significantly in the last decade, responding to a perceived lack of physicians. However, hospitals working with restricted government funding have not been able to hire enough doctors to keep up, especially as many older doctors defer their retirement. National Post