Figure 5: Average Age of Physicians, by Physician Type, Canada, 1978 to 2008

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Average Age of Physicians, by Physician Type, Canada, 1978 to 2008

Year

Family Medicine

Specialist

Total Physicians

1978

43.4

47.2

45.3

1979

43.4

47.4

45.4

1980

43.5

47.6

45.6

1981

43.8

47.8

45.8

1982

43.5

47.9

45.6

1983

43.6

48.1

45.8

1984

43.4

47.9

45.6

1985

43.4

47.9

45.6

1986

43.4

48.0

45.6

1987

43.2

47.9

45.4

1988

43.0

47.9

45.3

1989

42.9

48.0

45.3

1990

43.0

47.8

45.3

1991

43.1

47.7

45.3

1992

43.2

47.9

45.5

1993

43.3

48.1

45.6

1994

43.9

48.0

45.9

1995

44.3

48.3

46.2

1996

44.7

48.3

46.4

1997

45.2

48.5

46.8

1998

45.5

48.6

47.0

1999

45.8

48.8

47.3

2000

46.2

48.8

47.5

2001

46.4

48.9

47.6

2002

46.6

48.8

47.7

2003

47.1

49.5

48.3

2004

47.5

49.6

48.5

2005

48.0

49.9

48.9

2006

48.4

50.0

49.2

2007

48.8

50.4

49.6

2008

49.0

50.6

49.8

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  • Excludes residents and non-licensed physicians who requested that their information not be published.
  • For those physicians for whom date of birth was not available, ages were calculated using year of MD graduation with age at MD graduation equal to 25 years.
  • 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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