Unfilled residency spots show family doctor shortage worsening, physicians say

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Physicians in Ontario are sounding the alarm as new data shows more than a hundred spaces reserved for training new family doctors have gone unfilled.

Each year, medical school graduates decide what type of medicine they want to specialize in. The Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) matches graduates with residency placements at medical schools in two rounds.

There were 108 unfilled family medicine spots out of a total of 560 in Ontario following the first round of this year’s match, up from 103 unclaimed spots last year, according to CaRMS data.

That’s an increase from 100 in 2023, itself a sharp rise from 61 in 2022, 52 in 2021 and

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