Too many or too few doctors? What’s really behind Canada’s unemployed specialists
The Royal College report on physician unemployment and underemployment
The Royal College has 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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National Summit on Physician Employment: February 18-19, 2014
In February, the Royal College will host a national summit in Ottawa that brings together stakeholders across the health care system, including residents, government, medical education,health care leaders and academe. This forum will serve as the foundation for building pan-Canadian cross-jurisdictional solutions.
To foster practical, effective discussion, the by invitation-only summit will bring together those directly affected and those who can effect change. It will examine factors and policies as they relate to specialist under- and unemployment to understand the facts and to create meaningful solutions, not a different set of problems for Canadians. Many of the invitees have engaged in their own research and approaches, which will be examined.
Thinking in new ways about medical workforce planning
The objectives of this national summit are to
- enhance understanding of physician un/under-employment;
- achieve consensus on how to avoid future ‘boom-bust’ cycles of specialist employment;
- coordinate and streamline efforts to address physician un/under-employment across the country; and
- achieve consensus on how to develop a pan-Canadian strategy for physician HRH planning in collaboration with the F/P/T Committee on Health Workforce
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, F/P/T Committee on Health Workforce, Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and the Royal College.
This event is the first step in the Royal College’s ongoing leadership role to work with groups and individuals from across Canada health care to build sustainable national solutions to this important issue.
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