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First year Post-MD trainees (PGY1)

First year Post-MD trainees (PGY1)


The number of residents entering Family Medicine training increased an average of 5.5% each year between 2010 (n = 1,145) and 2014 (n = 1,431), amounting to a 25.0% increase over this period as a whole. Meanwhile, there was relatively little change in the number of residents entering Royal College Medical, Surgical and Laboratory specialties; 1,708 residents entered the Medical, Surgical and Laboratory disciplines in 2010 and 1,775 entered in 2014, representing an overall increase of 3.9%.

Medical, Laboratory and Surgical specialties experienced three different trends with respect to the number of residents entering each of the broad disciplines from 2010 to 2014:

  • The combined Medical specialties saw a steady upward increase in the number of PGY1 trainees, going from 1,170 in 2010 to 1,281 in 2014 - a 9.5% increase;
  • The number of PGY1 Laboratory trainees fluctuated, with a low of 66 in 2011, a high of 73 in 2012, and with 71 in 2014;
  • The combined Surgical specialties have seen a steady decline in the number of PGY1 trainees between 2010 and 2014. In total, 9.8% fewer trainees entered the Surgical specialties in 2014 than in 2010. 

Key Observations

  • Among the Medical specialties, Nuclear Medicine and Dermatology recorded the largest percentage changes in the number of PGY1 trainees between 2010 and 2014
    • The number of entry level Nuclear Medicine trainees almost doubled, from five in 2010 to nine in 2014;
    • Dermatology’s PGY1 trainees increased by more than one-third, going from just over 20 in 2010-2011 to 30 or more from 2012 onward;
    • The number of PGY1 Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine (RSPSC) trainees each increased annually by about 4%.
  • Within the surgical specialties the largest average annual reductions in PGY1 trainees were seen in General Surgery (6.0%) and Orthopedic Surgery (4.7%)
    • The number of first year General Surgery residents declined each year, going from 120 in 2010 to 95 in 2014, a 20.8% reduction;
    • There was a slight increase in the number of PGY1 Orthopedic Surgery trainees in 2011. Since then, however, the number of entry-level trainees declined each year and in 2014 16.0% fewer trainees started Orthopedic Surgery than in 2010.  

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