The Toronto Star published an editorial yesterday calling for an expansion of Canada’s residency program. While Canada isn’t the only country facing this issue, it had 114 Canadian medical school graduates not match to residencies in 2017 and this number could grow to 330 by 2021. The editorial also cited the recent and heavily publicized suicide of a Canadian medical school graduate who was twice passed over for residency and also mentioned how money is being poorly allocated since the Canadian government helps subsidize the medical schools as well as the residency programs.
We are certainly all for the expansion of residencies to help combat the physician shortages facing most western countries and if more money couldn’t be allocated to this, we’d at least like to see a reallocation so the number of residency spots is more in line with the number of medical school seats.
The Canadian Resident Matching Service reported that 115 (one more than reported above) Canadian medical school graduates failed to match this year. That’s up from 99 last year and 77 the year before. It reportedly costs Canadian tax payers $250,000 to train each medical school graduate. Hopefully, something will be done about this much sooner than later!
We have a bit of good news to report. The Globe and Mail reports the Canadian military has agreed to increase the number of residents it sponsors from 18 to 50. Those accepting the spots will have to commit to serving, but somehow we don’t think that will be a problem for at least 32 of the 115 who found themselves shut out this past year.