International Medical Graduates: Quebec Compares Favourably to Ontario

    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Collège des médecins du Québec
unveiled its most recent figures this morning concerning international medical
graduates (IMG). These figures show that Quebec tends to be doing better than
Ontario with respect to the issuance of permits and university admissions for
international medical graduates.
    In fact, Quebec universities accepted close to half (47%) of all
international medical graduates who submitted applications for admission. For
its part, Ontario accepted less than a quarter (23.3%) of such applicants.
Moreover, among the 15,000 international medical graduates working in Canada,
close to 15% (14.6%) established their practice in Quebec. Indeed, one out of
every 10 doctors practicing in Quebec graduated outside Canada and the United
States, originating from any of 78 different countries. The five most
represented of these are France, Lebanon, Vietnam, Egypt and Haiti.
    Also of interest is the fact that, over the past year, Quebec issued more
medical authorizations in all categories than Ontario (3,936 vs. 3,272). "The
popular tendency is to think that Ontario is doing better than Quebec when it
comes to issuing permits," indicated Dr. Yves Lamontagne, President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Collège des médecins du Québec. "However, that is not
the case. The Collège is committed to maintaining the health of Quebecers and
to ensuring that they receive the appropriate care. Yes, there is a shortage
of doctors, but this is not a problem unique to Quebec."
    According to a study conducted by the Ecole nationale d'administration
publique, there is a worldwide shortage of health professionals (doctors,
nurses, etc.) in the order of 4.3 million. More specifically, some
57 countries, including Canada, are suffering from an acute shortage of such
professionals. The Collège des médecins believes that international medical
graduates constitute part of the solution to this problem, but they are not
the only alternative. The professional order emphasized that industrialized
nations have an ethical duty not to jeopardize vulnerable countries such that
these countries find themselves short of doctors.
    The Collège des médecins du Québec is the province's professional order
of physicians. The mission of the Collège is to promote quality medicine in
order to protect the public and help improve the health of Quebecers.

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For further information: Anne Roy, Communications Department, Collège
des médecins du Québec, (514) 915-2170,

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