A medical school grad will have a hard time finding a job with the number of medical schools currently open and their high tuition costs, according to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).
The CMA estimates that there are currently around 30 medical schools in Canada, with some with an average tuition of $18,000.
That is up from about 20 years ago.
Many of these schools have been struggling to fill the vacancies and are struggling to attract graduates from the medical profession, says the CMA.
“They’re not hiring, and the graduates are not getting jobs,” says Paul Smith, the CME’s chief executive officer.
“There is a serious mismatch in the supply of graduates that are looking for jobs.”
Smith says that the demand for graduates in the medical industry is strong, and there is an opportunity for graduates to be better equipped to enter the job market, as they are able to spend time working in the field.
The CME estimates that the number to be able to become a full-time medical school student is about 11 per cent of graduates and that the average graduate spends a year or more at the university.
However, it is difficult to predict when a graduate will be able go into full-service or clinical practice.
“I think that we are at the beginning of the year, when the first graduating class will be entering full-scale practice,” says Smith.
“But it’s not easy for those students to get into the practice.”
In 2016, the average tuition for a medical school graduate was $19,924.
According to the CTA, about one in three medical students have not been able to find full-timers.
The median tuition is $16,200.
For graduates, the biggest challenge is finding the right career path.
“It’s an area that’s going to be challenging for those graduating in the future,” says Robyn McConaghy, a senior policy analyst at the CBA.
“We know that the health care sector is in a long-term downturn, and that we need to be investing in the training and education of people for the coming decades.”
McConaghy says that many graduates will need to work in a variety of occupations, but many jobs require a bachelor’s degree.
“This will be an area of specialization,” she says.
With files from CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition.”
And so it’s the combination of the lack of job opportunities and the high costs of training that’s really putting people off.”
With files from CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition.