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Presentation by Danielle Frechette, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of CanadaMobilizing national efforts to improve health workforce planning

The Royal College is mobilizing national efforts to improve health workforce planning and address the growing employment challenges facing Canadian physicians.

This work took a considerable step forward at the first National Physician Employment Summit, which was hosted by the Royal College in Ottawa, Ont., from February 18-19, 2014. The summit, a pan-Canadian meeting of more than 100 attendees, included representatives from government and all of Canada’s major medical organizations, all of whom are committed to ongoing efforts to help highly-trained doctors find work and meet patient needs.

The national summit was developed by a pan-Canadian steering committee of health care stakeholders representing the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Association of Interns and Residents, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Orthopaedic Residents Association, Canadian Urological Association, Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec, Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and the Royal College.

You can now download the following presentations from the employment summit:

coverThe Royal College report on physician unemployment and underemployment

In 2013, the Royal College released the results of a comprehensive, national workforce study that focuses on the growing number of newly certified specialist physicians who have trouble finding work in their specialties.

The two-year national study consisted of 50 in-depth interviews with national specialty societies, physicians, hospital leaders, residents and health system experts, among others, and an online survey of every newly certified specialist physicians in 2011 and 2012.

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