Ontario to cut 50 medical residency positions

August 11, 2015

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) plans to cut 50 medical residency positions over the next two years, reports the Toronto Star. The decision has sparked criticism from medical students and doctors who suggest that the province might want to expand these positions rather than reduce them. Ontario Medical Association President Mike Toth said, “training fewer physicians can only make this situation worse… In Ontario, we have fewer family doctors per capita than any other province and are below the national average for specialists per capita.” However, MOHLTC Spokesperson Shae Greenfield told the Star that the decrease is “modest” and that it is “intended to manage the risk of an oversupply of physicians in the future.” Toronto Star