2018-02-13 from thestar.com

MONTREAL—A shortage in the number of residency programs for Canadian medical school graduates is set to triple in the coming years, potentially jeopardizing the career paths of hundreds of future doctors, a new report warns.

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada is recommending that provincial health ministries boost funding to create additional residency spots in the hope that this will offset the growing backlog of graduates caught between the classroom and the operating room.

From 114 Canadian medical graduates who were not successfully matched to a residency program in 2017, the figure could climb to more than 330 in 2021 if no corrective action is taken, the association said in a report Tuesday.

It is also urging an overhaul of the two-round system through which the annual residency spots are filled so that Canadian medical school graduates have less competition from spots from graduates coming from international medical schools.

“We see this as a very potentially effective way to reduce the number of unmatched Canadian medical graduates,” said Dr. Genevieve Moineau, president of the AFMC.

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