The Ontario government has committed to working with medical schools to will create more residency positions to help meet demand for doctors across the province.
The plan is to create more specialized residency spots this upcoming school year for graduates who did not match to a residency position.
While medical school graduates have an MD after their name, they still need to complete years of supervised training, or residency, in specialties such as family medicine, general surgery or neurology before they can be licensed to practice medicine in Canada.
Graduates who will occupy the newly announced residency spots will be required to provide service for two years in underserviced communities across the province, such as regions in Northern Ontario.
The 53 new residency positions will be available to unmatched candidates, a spokeswoman for the ministry said.
Ontario’s government will invest up to $23 million over six years to create more residency spots.
Nationally, the crux of the problem is that the number of residency positions available to Canadian graduates has been dropping over time, according to the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, which represents the country’s 17 medical schools. – CINEWS