Surgeons, Medical Specialists Can’t Find Jobs, Study Finds

Dr. Joslyn Warwaruk is photographed at the Teen Health Centre in Windsor on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Warwaruk is the new president of the Medical Society.                 (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / The Windsor Star)

I think we overshot the mark, said Lewis, who was not involved in the study. I think that there is no question that almost doubling medical school enrolments since the late 1990s combined with easier paths to licensure for international medical grads was the wrong thing to do. We didnt think it through as a country. The study was conducted for and released by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. It sets standards for physician education in the country and had been hearing anecdotes about rising numbers of unemployed doctors. So it decided to assess the situation. The ensuing report, released Thursday, is based on a survey of over 4,000 newly graduated doctors and interviews with about 50 people knowledgeable about the situation deans of medical schools, hospital CEOs and the like. It does not recommend ways to fix the issue. Dr. Michael Rieder, assistant dean of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry who was at the Windsor campus Thursday, said part of the problem is the way the medical system is structured. But theres also doctors choosing not to retire and new ones not wanting to look for work outside of Toronto and other large cities. Im not sure that there are too few doctors. I think theyre poorly distributed. There is still a shortage of family doctors in Windsor and Essex County and the report might push some medical students to consider a family practice, he said. If you want to go to medical school and get a job, I dont know of too many unemployed family doctors, matter of fact I dont know any, Rieder said. With files from Helen Branswell, THE CANADIAN PRESS Tags: doctors , Essex County Medical Society president Dr. Joslyn Warwaruk , shortage , specialists , surgeons , Windsor , Windsor Regional Hospital Lively discourse is the lifeblood of any healthy democracy and The Star encourages readers to engage in robust debates about our stories.

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