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Discrimination and foreign-trained doctors

Discrimination and foreign-trained doctors

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Foreign-trained doctors are subject to a discriminatory treatment on the basis of their ethnic origin in the course of the admission process leading to postdoctoral training in Québec, as shown by the findings of a systemic investigation published by the Commission in 2010.

The Commission carried out this investigation following complaints filed by foreign-trained doctors who were not accepted for postdoctoral training in medicine, although:

  • they passed the equivalence exam of the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ).
  • there was an increasing number of vacant residency positions in some postdoctoral training programs;
  • the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux had asked that these doctors be considered as priority in the selection process.

Did you know?

Although there is a doctor shortage in Québec, the 4 faculty of medicine in the province left 71 places vacant in their postdoctoral training programs in 2013 and 60.6% of these were in family medicine. Only 6.4% of these residents were foreign-trained.

Furthermore, 80.7% of the places left vacant in postdoctoral programs in Canada were in Québec.

Source: Data provided by the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)