Ontario Funding Additional Residency Positions for Medical Graduates
Ontario is helping to meet the demand for physicians in communities across the province by funding more residency positions for medical school graduates who have completed their undergraduate training at an Ontario medical school.
The province is working with medical schools to create more specialized residency spots this upcoming school year for graduates who did not match to a residency position, ensuring that all unmatched graduates are placed. Graduates who occupy these additional residency spots will be required to provide service for two years in underserviced communities across the province – for instance, specific regions in Northern Ontario. This will provide people with more access to doctors who offer specialized services such as family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, paediatrics and psychiatry.
Ontario is collaborating with partners throughout the country to develop and implement a longer-term solution to this pan-Canadian challenge.
This investment, along with Ontario’s work with the province’s six medical schools and partners throughout Canada in coordinating residency opportunities, will ensure a stable supply of physicians in communities across the province now and in the future.
Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25,and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“By funding more residency opportunities in the province, our government is ensuring access to care in the areas where Ontarians need it most and supporting medical students in achieving their potential. This forward-looking investment is yet another way we are providing high-quality health care, closer to home.”