Northern Ontario Physician Workforce Data
What do we know about where our grads have gone?
As we continue to move forward with NOSM’s physician workforce strategy it is important for us to know where NOSM’s learners have gone. We will embark on a process that will see this data update in the autumn of each year. The data below reflects data as of October 2020.
In broad strokes, the data to date shows that:
What do we know about our current needs?
As of January 2021, based on data gathered from community and hospital level recruiters, we know that we need at least 313 physicians across Northern Ontario.
This data is imperfect as there are challenges about whether current funding allocations meaningfully reflect the need of the population, so we need to understand that these are minimum numbers, and they are current need. The data does not include any forecasting information like anticipated retirements, nor the likely need to replace some experienced physicians with large practices with more than one new physician in order to safely and effectively manage the practice population.
Importantly the current need also reflects only clinical service requirements and do not include the expectations of participation in teaching or other scholarly work.
So, understanding the caveats above, we know that, as of January 2021, we currently need a minimum of 313 full-time equivalent physicians across Northern Ontario.