Percentage of foreign-trained doctors in Ontario increasing

College of Physicians and Surgeons and Ontario expects to grant more licenses to foreign-trained doctors than Ontario-trained doctors for the first time in 2004

For the first time, Ontario will grant more licenses to practice medicine to international medical graduates than Ontario medical school graduates.

Barry Adams, president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, said the success this year in getting more foreign-trained doctors can be attributed to a number of factors.

“We have been doing everything we can to find creative solutions to reduce barriers and increase access to licensure for international medical graduates in Ontario, and the numbers demonstrate our success,” said Adams. “We are pleased with the results of our efforts to date and look forward to continuing to work with other stakeholders to ensure that all Ontario residents have access to a physician.”

The estimated total number of licenses issued in 2004 is projected to be 1,075 (41 per cent) for international medical graduates, 1,020 (39 per cent) for Ontario graduates, 500 (19 per cent) for graduates from other provinces and 55 (one per cent) for U.S. graduates.

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