March 12, 2009

Ontario MD licenses at record level

An infusion of doctors into Canada's medical system hit a record in the province of Ontario last year, medical regulators in Toronto said.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario said in a release that 3,467 certificates of registration were granted in 2008, bringing the province's overall number of physicians in practice from 20,133 in 2007 to 23,266.

The college said part of the surge was due to the number of licenses granted to international medical graduates, up 43 percent from 2007 to 393 licenses.

College President Dr. Rayudu Koka, himself an international graduate, said in the release the numbers make the province attractive to non-Canadian practitioners.

IMGs benefit from our registration policies that allow them to enter medical practice here under a restricted license, Koka said. In time, these physicians can become eligible for independent (unsupervised) practice, which makes Ontario an attractive place to start a medical practice.