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Medical education a booming business, latest AFMC data show

Canada's medical schools enrolled 874 more first-year undergraduate students in 2011-12 than they did a decade earlier, data from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) show. The AFMC's newly released Canadian Medical Education Statistics 2012 also indicate that 2,902 medical undergraduates were enrolled during the 2011-12 academic year, 73 more than in the previous year.

As well, six of the country's 17 medical schools now have first-year enrolments of more than 200 students, a distinction that not a single school enjoyed a decade earlier. Université de Montréal is currently Canada's largest school, with a first-year quota of 296 students in 2012-13. It is followed by the University of British Columbia (288) and the University of Toronto (259).

Since 1997, undergraduate enrolment has increased every year, by a cumulative total of 84%. The country has also added a new school, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

The latest AFMC data show that the country produced 2,647 physicians in 2012, 1,069 more than in 2000. The report also shows that first-year tuition fees vary widely, from a low of $3,252 at Université de Montréal to a high of $23,847 at McMaster University, which has a three-year training program instead of the traditional four years.

Other data include:

  • Undergraduate enrolment totalled 11,142 students in 2011-12, with women accounting for 56.9% of the total.
  • Ontario's six medical schools accepted just 48 more first-year students in 2011-12 than the four schools in Quebec (962 vs. 914).

The AFMC has been producing its Canadian Medical Education Statistics reports since 1977, and all volumes since 2000 are available online.

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