Over time, specialty designations evolve through renaming, transition of a specialty to a subspecialty and other changes. Also, data collection varies across agencies where some, for example, will roll up adult and pediatric streams under the main title of a specialty. Thus, the following definitions for some of the specialties across the different data sources are outlined below to provide clarity on the effect of these technicalities on the Medical Workforce Knowledgebase.
- Cardiac Surgery (CIHI) - includes Cardio and Thoracic Surgery category (2010)
- Diagnostic Radiology (CIHI) - includes Pediatric Radiology
- Family Medicine (CIHI) - includes General Practice, Family Medicine, and Emergency Family Medicine
- General Pathology (CIHI) - includes Forensic Pathology
- General Surgery (CIHI) - includes Pediatric General Surgery
- Laboratory Medicine (Undifferentiated) - This is not a recognized discipline by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Data is available for CaRMS and CAPER but not for RCPSC and CIHI.
- Neurology (CaRMS and CAPER) – includes Neurology (Pediatrics); (CIHI) - includes Electroencephalography
- Public Health and Preventive Medicine (CIHI) - includes Community Medicine
- Vascular Surgery – This discipline was a subspecialty (2010-2011) and was transferred to a specialty (2012-present). The data contains a mix of specialty and subspecialty information.