N.L. has high turnover of foreign doctors

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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International medical graduates by province. — CIHI image

The number of family medicine physicians and specialists increased by more than six per cent in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010 over the previous year, according to a new report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

But the province still has one of the highest rates of international medical graduates (IMGs) in the country, at 40 per cent last year, and the report points out that IMGs are more likely to leave the jurisdiction they started practising in than Canadian educated medical graduates.

Retention rates over 10 years showed that 67 per cent of new IMGs in Newfoundland and Labrador moved to Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia.

The actual number of IMGs in this province in 2010 was 460 — 251 family medicine doctors and 209 specialists. The total number of physicians was 1,152 — 604 family medicine physicians and 548 specialists.

Saskatchewan had the highest rate of IMGs in the country in 2010, at 47.1 per cent, while the national rate was 24 per cent.

On a national level, the report says over 10 years, 65.3 per cent of Canadian-educated medical graduates remained in the jurisdiction they started practising, compared to only 34.6 per cent of IMGs.

For full story, see Saturday’s Telegram

Organizations: Canadian Institute for Health Information, CIHI

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Alberta British Columbia.The Saskatchewan

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  • seanoairborne
    December 17, 2011 - 13:25

    Doctors ,who are trained in Newfoundland ,should stay for at least 10yrs after Med school.Newfoundland must open up more spaces at MUN (double what it trains now) for locally trained doctors to fill the future needs of its people.Foreign Doctors are going to leave Newfoundland for greener pastures as soon as they can get an opening for their skills in upper Canada.Newfoundland is just a training ground for those guys.They have no loyalty to the place and will move as soon as they can to be around their fellow brethren on the mainland.You're just a rest stop along the way. With all the oil wealth coming in to the coffers there, there should be a lot of pay incentives and fringe benefits,more so than most of the other provinces in the country, for training prospective doctors who are locally grown?.I don't quite understand what's going on? With all those dollars being generated and pumped into the local economy up there, I would think that Newfoundland could offer a lot more than any of the other provinces in the way of quality of life , pay and benefits for any practicing young physician who wants to stay at home and help his/her own people?And given that Newfs love their homeland so much it shouldn't be hard to accomplish what I suggest?Just a thought!

  • Bill kuddy
    December 17, 2011 - 05:32

    So?