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Newly-certified physicians

Newly-certified physicians


The number of new CFPC certificants rose consistently from 2010 to 2014, with an average annual increase of 8.4%. The number of newly certified Laboratory, Medical and Surgical specialists also increased (i.e., 6.7%, 6.1% and 4.7%, respectively).

Key Observations

  • The total number of new CFPC and Royal College certificants went from 2,686 in 2010 to 3,508 in 2014, representing a 30.6% increase. Family Medicine accounted for a generally increasing proportion of all new certificants, going from 41.6% in 2010 to 43.7% in 2014;
  • Each year there was considerable variation with respect to the distribution of new certificants among all Medical, Surgical and Laboratory specialties;
  • While the average annual change in new certificants in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Neurology and Obstetrics/Gynecology exceeded 10% between 2010-2014, there were considerable annual ups and downs. For example:
    • The number of new certificants in Neurology jumped by 34.3% in 2011 but dropped by 14.3% in 2013;
    • The number of Obstetrics/Gynecology certificants rose by 27.9% in 2011, declined by 3.4% in 2012 and increased again by 29.8% in 2013;
    • Most of the other specialties showed similar wide variations from year to year. Neurosurgery provides a good example of this volatility, with an average annual decline of 1.4% and 11.1% more new certificants in 2014 than in 2010.
  • Few specialties saw declines in the number of new certificants except for Medical Microbiology, Anesthesiology, Radiation Oncology and Ophthalmology. Each of these specialties recorded negative annual growth and for each the number of new certificants in 2014 was less than in 2010.

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