Review takes a creative look at filling doctor shortage

Relaxed entry requirements, shorter training period could boost number of doctors
||Last Updated: 01/09/2008

In an attempt to help fill doctor shortages, Canada's medical schools are looking at ways to produce more doctors more quickly.

As part of a two-year review of medical education, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada is looking at shortening the length of medical training from four years to three and considering whether or not to allow students without undergraduate degrees to enrol in medical school.

Most medical schools require students to have four years of pre-med studies before they apply. The exception is Quebec, where students can enter medicine after two years of junior college (CEGEP).