QC's medical residents feeling employment crunch

December 16, 2014

The Montreal Gazette reports on how Quebec’s changing medical system is affecting medical school graduates in the province. The article lists the several hurdles that QC’s medical students must overcome in order to establish themselves as practicing doctors, including increasingly competitive admissions standards for medical schools, a shortage of residency positions, and a lack of jobs, especially for doctors in specialty fields. A 2013 study from the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (CAIR) found that 21% of residents surveyed reported that they were still looking for employment post-graduation. “Many specialties in Quebec have reached saturation levels,” said Joseph Dahine, President of the Fédération des médicines residents du Québec (FMRQ). Dahine noted that the problem may be even worse than realized, as many medical residents won’t speak up for fear of jeopardizing their employment chances. He said that the government has not done enough to address the issue, noting that the province has not always succeeded at gauging where jobs will be or at planning admissions accordingly. Montreal Gazette