Canada needs more medical students
- By: Alex Brooks
The Canadian Medical Forum, an umbrella organisation which includes the major medical associations of Canada, has published a report stating that 400 more medical students should be admitted to universities each year. This follows a call from Hugh Scully, the president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), for 2000 undergraduate places by 2000 at the association's annual general meeting last August.
Canada's 16 medical schools accept 1577 students a year, a decrease of 18% since 1980. The report stated that an additional 540-600 doctors a year were needed just to cope with the rising population. It contained the warning: “If we delay the decision to increase enrolment, Canada will sacrifice the principle of self sufficiency in physician workforce supply.” Increasing student numbers was the first of five recommendations.
The authors of the report included Dr Lorne Tyrell, dean of medicine and dentistry at the University of Alberta and president of