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Data Sources and Metrics for Medical Workforce Knowledgebase

At present, the Royal College Medical Workforce Knowledgebase features four data snapshots along the physician supply pathway:

  • The number of available residency quota, residents beginning training and newly certified physicians (inflows) - three data sources
  • The fully licensed physician workforce (current composition) - one data source

Residency Quota (CaRMS)

New Trainees (CAPER)

New Certificants (Royal College & CFPC)

Licensed physicians (CIHI)

Residency Quota -
Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)

The residency quota offered in CaRMS PGY1 and subspecialty match processes (R-1, medicine and pediatric subspecialty matches, family medicine-emergency medicine match).

New Trainees -
Canadian Post-M.D. Education Registry (CAPER)

The number of post-M.D. trainees as they start Canadian residency programs at the specialty (PGY1) and subspecialty levels.

New Certificants -
College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC); Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College)

The number of physicians who became newly-certified by the CFPC and/or Royal College.

Licensed Physicians -
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

The number of active physicians in Canada as identified from Scott’s Medical Database.

The Knowledgebase mines, analyzes, and visualizes data from authoritative data sources covering the breadth of medical careers, from entry to training to retirement. Summary metrics reflect the system’s capacity to produce new physicians (based on residency quota); the earliest indicators of future physician supply (based on new trainees and certificants); as well as workforce age-sex demographics (based on licensed physician data). Descriptive statistics – including counts, percentages, ratios and linear trends – are presented for all physicians for a five-year period (2011-2015).

download the methodology guide For more information about the data sources and metrics, please consult our methodology guide.

Please see our Medical Workforce Supply Overview for a summary of how Canada’s physician workforce is changing.

Jump to the Medical Workforce Knowledgebase data here:

download the data dashboardData Dashboard – interactive (.xlsx)

download the ChartbookData Dashboard – static (.pdf)

Acknowledgment and Disclaimer

The Medical Workforce Knowledgebase is made possible through data published by the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), the Canadian Post-M.D. Education Registry (CAPER), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The Royal College is grateful for the data provided by these organizations and holds them free of any errors, omissions or misinterpretations made by the Royal College in the use of their data. Through its use of the data the Royal College does not warrant the accuracy or validity of data published by other organizations. Furthermore, the Royal College does not assume responsibility for errors, omissions, misinterpretations or other misuses on the part of any organization or person using Medical Workforce Knowledgebase data and information.