Globe and Mail: Medical school graduates face growing problems obtaining required residency positions
More than many Canadian medical schools, the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba seems to understand the current plight of the country’s medical students.
With around 115 medical-school graduates across the country without residency positions this year – up from 99 in 2017, and 77 the year prior – the school acknowledges the state of limbo that these students face.
Quite simply, without those two-to-seven years of required training in their fields following graduation from faculties of medicine, they are unable to practise.
“It’s not a degree that you can move into the work force without residency training, so it really does strand you,” says Dr. Brian Postl, dean of the Max Rady College of Medicine and the university’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences….
To help address the problem, the University of Manitoba has devised something of a solution, offering positions for any of its unmatched students.
“We, for a very long time, have felt that there was an inherent crap-shoot effect to the match [process] that we were uncomfortable with,” Dr. Postl says of the policy, which was approved by the faculty council six or seven years ago….