Demand high but medical specialists not finding work in Canada
David Cain, a flight paramedic with 19 years of experience in war-zones and disaster areas paired up with Dr. Mohamed Omar, who directs FMTCC, a training and consultancy agency for doctors. The two will start in Egypt and make their way to Syria. The fighting in Syria has taken a devastating human toll, with the UN estimating that more than 100,000 people have been killed. The idea to go to the two countries started out just last week and the pair have already received more than $50,000 worth of medical supplies. Among the supplies donated to the pair are ventilators, breathing masks, injections to counteract the effects of chemical weapons and an ambulance. “It’s incredible to see. It makes me very proud to be a Canadian,” said Cain. “We know that it’s going to reach the people who are most needy,” he said. Omar moved to Canada from Egypt eight years ago and said he didn’t expect to get so many donations in such a short period of time. “Everybody here in Canada try (sic) to help any people any where in the world, so living here is very nice,” said Omar. They plan on leaving in the fall. @YahooCanadaNews on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook You Might Like
Once trained, family doctors and many other primary-care physicians, like pediatricians or psychiatrists, can simply hang out a shingle and start billing for their services. Surgeons and others who require expensive infrastructure like operating rooms to do their jobs, are often hired by hospitals or health regions. A cardiac surgeon, for instance, costs a hospital $1.5 million a year, though the doctors income is only part of that, said Ms. Frechette. Physicians say the job market has been tightened in part because the expected wave of retirements has yet to materialize, with many older doctors deciding to keep working after investment losses. Sometimes, as well, the jobs are out there, but might require a new specialist to relocate across the country, not always easy if they have working spouses and children, said Mr. MacLean. Yet in areas where demand for doctors is still high, budget-constrained health institutions are often not hiring the additional specialists recently churned out, medical leaders say. I dont think there was downstream planning as to How do we accommodate them once theyre finished? said Dr. Johnson The problems can also be traced back to medical schools, where there is scant science behind deciding how many positions to allot to each field, said Dr. John Haggie, president of the Canadian Medical Association. We dont know as a nation or a province or a jurisdiction what kind of physician population we actually need going forward, he said. As a result, people often take a fairly opportunistic, almost random career path, and end up with skills that are fairly focused and difficult to accommodate where they want to be. Successfully predicting needs is not necessarily easy, given the five-year lag before a medical-school graduate finishes specialty training. Ms.
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