Figure 4: Gender Distribution of Physicians, by Physician Type, Canada, 1978 to 2008

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Gender Distribution of Physicians, by Physician Type, Canada, 1978 to 2008

Year

Family Medicine, Female

Family Medicine, Male

Specialist, Female

Specialist, Male

1978

13.8%

86.2%

8.5%

91.5%

1979

14.7%

85.3%

8.9%

91.1%

1980

15.3%

84.7%

9.5%

90.5%

1981

16.1%

83.9%

9.9%

90.1%

1982

17.8%

82.2%

10.7%

89.3%

1983

18.9%

81.1%

11.3%

88.7%

1984

20.2%

79.8%

12.1%

87.9%

1985

21.4%

78.6%

12.9%

87.1%

1986

22.4%

77.6%

13.4%

86.6%

1987

23.8%

76.2%

14.2%

85.8%

1988

24.9%

75.1%

15.0%

85.0%

1989

25.8%

74.2%

15.8%

84.2%

1990

26.7%

73.3%

16.8%

83.2%

1991

28.0%

72.0%

17.5%

82.5%

1992

28.9%

71.1%

18.2%

81.8%

1993

29.6%

70.4%

18.9%

81.1%

1994

30.4%

69.6%

19.6%

80.4%

1995

31.2%

68.8%

20.3%

79.7%

1996

31.8%

68.2%

21.3%

78.7%

1997

32.5%

67.5%

21.9%

78.1%

1998

33.2%

66.8%

22.6%

77.4%

1999

34.0%

66.0%

23.3%

76.7%

2000

34.6%

65.4%

24.2%

75.8%

2001

35.2%

64.8%

25.2%

74.8%

2002

35.8%

64.2%

26.0%

74.0%

2003

36.1%

63.9%

26.4%

73.6%

2004

37.0%

63.0%

27.1%

72.9%

2005

37.4%

62.6%

27.6%

72.4%

2006

38.1%

61.9%

28.3%

71.7%

2007

38.9%

61.1%

28.5%

71.5%

2008

39.6%

60.4%

29.4%

70.6%

Notes

  • Includes active physicians in clinial practice and active physicians not working in a clinical practice.
  • Excludes residents and non-licensed physicians who requested that their information not be published.
  • Excludes physicians where sex is unknown.
  • Specialist physicians include certificants of the RCSPC and/or CMQ.
  • All other physicians are counted under family medicine, including certificants of the CFPC.
  • As of 2004, specialists in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Sasketchewan and, as of 2007, specialists in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Yukon include non-certified specialists (see Methodological Notes of the Annual Report).
  • Data as of December 31 of the reference year.

Source: Scott’s Medical Database, 1978 to 2008, Canadian Institute for Health Information.

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