CPSO issues record-breaking number of licences in 2010

Almost 4,000 more physicians in practice since 2000

TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - A report released today by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) shows that more licences were issued to physicians in 2010 than ever before.  This marks the 13th straight year that the number of licences granted has increased.

The substantial increase in issuance of new licences in the last decade has significantly improved the overall physician supply in Ontario, which has risen by 3,988 physicians, up 20% since 2000.

"College policies and programs, government support and the work of other partners have helped pave the way for international medical graduates to enter medical practice, and the results demonstrate our success," said College President Dr. Lynne Thurling.  In fact, in 2010 more licences were issued to IMGs than to Ontario graduates, a trend that has continued for seven years.

For more than a decade, all categories of graduates - Ontario, Canadian and international - have seen increased issuance.  Some key factors contributing to the rise include the positive effect of new CPSO registration policies; increased enrolment and residency positions at Canadian medical schools; and more Ontario government-funded residency positions reserved for IMGs.

"We are pleased with the progress made and will continue to work with our partners in government, medical education and training, and specialty certification to ensure access to qualified medical care," said Dr. Thurling.

The CPSO issues postgraduate training certificates to physicians in residency training and practice certificates to all other candidates.  Of the 3,708 certificates issued last year, 1,617 were practice certificates, the highest number issued since 1985.  International medical graduates received 39% or 636 of those licences.

The full report, Registering Success 2010, is available online at www.cpso.on.ca .

SOURCE College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

For further information:

Media Inquiries: 
Kathryn Clarke                                                                                     Jill Hefley
(416) 967-2600 ext. 378                                                                    (416) 967-2600 ext. 445
kclarke@cpso.on.ca                                                                             jhefley@cpso.on.ca

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