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Ontario Funding Additional Residency Positions for Medical Graduates

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Ontario Funding Additional Residency Positions for Medical Graduates

Province Ensuring New Spots Are in Specialties Where People Need Care Most

Ministry of Health

Ontario is helping to meet the demand for physicians in communities across the province by funding more residency positions for medical school graduates who have completed their undergraduate training at an Ontario medical school.

The province is working with medical schools to create more specialized residency spots this upcoming school year for graduates who did not match to a residency position, ensuring that all unmatched graduates are placed. Graduates who occupy these additional residency spots will be required to provide service for two years in underserviced communities across the province - for instance, specific regions in Northern Ontario. This will provide people with more access to doctors who offer specialized services such as family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, paediatrics and psychiatry.

Ontario is collaborating with partners throughout the country to develop and implement a longer-term solution to this pan-Canadian challenge.

This investment, along with Ontario's work with the province's six medical schools and partners throughout Canada in coordinating residency opportunities, will ensure a stable supply of physicians in communities across the province now and in the future.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25,and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing up to $23 million over six years to create more residency spots across the province for medical school graduates.
  • 94 per cent of people in Ontario have a primary care provider.
  • Ontario has significantly increased the supply of physicians since 2003. In that time, the number of physicians practising in Ontario increased by 38 per cent.
  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has doubled the number of first-year residency spots.

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“By funding more residency opportunities in the province, our government is ensuring access to care in the areas where Ontarians need it most and supporting medical students in achieving their potential. This forward-looking investment is yet another way we are providing high-quality health care, closer to home.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“The Government of Ontario heard the voices of our medical students loud and clear – and we’re very pleased to see an immediate action plan in place for all unmatched students in Ontario. We very much appreciate the support of Health Minister Helena Jaczek and look forward to working collaboratively to create a sustainable long-term plan that meets the needs of patients of Ontario as well as our students”

Dr. Trevor Young

Dean of U of T’s Faculty of Medicine and Co-Chair of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine

“The Ministry’s investment is a great first step in addressing the rising number of unmatched medical graduates in Ontario. We welcome this clear commitment to ensuring a residency spot for every graduating medical student in the province, and look forward to further action to ensure our physician services planning system is robust, transparent, and based on patient need.”

Vivian Tam

Director of Representation for the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA)

“This is a significant response by the MOHLTC in support of Ontario medical school graduates who can now complete their training and provide the care Ontarians need. AFMC looks forward to working with the Ministry, and all provincial funders, to find long term solutions that can be implemented in time for the 2019 match.”

Dr. Geneviève Moineau

President and CEO, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

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