Only Half of International Medical Grads in Canada Work as Doctors

By CTV News

A new study suggests that about half of international medical graduates living in Canada are currently working as doctors due to intense competition for residency positions, which has some foreign-trained doctors working as taxi drivers and in gas stations.

Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto found that in 2011, 1,800 applicants competed for 191 residency spots designated for foreign-trained physicians in Ontario. The study found that 55 per cent of these graduates end up working as physicians.

The Ontario study, published in the Journal of Risk Management and Healthcare, looked at the “brain waste” foreign-trained physicians experience when they immigrate to higher-income countries.

A new study suggests that about half of international medical graduates living in Canada are currently working as doctors due to intense competition for residency positions.

The success rate that year was about 20 per cent for Canadians who had gone abroad for their medical training, compared to six per cent for immigrant international medical graduates (IMGs).

“There are doctors who are working as cab drivers, working in gas stations right now,” study co-author Dr. Nishit Fumakia told CTV News Channel on Thursday. “They find it very difficult to find a training position despite finishing their medical exams.”

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