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Record number of doctors granted licenses in Ontario last year

TORONTO, Ont. – A new report shows a record numbers of physicians were granted licenses across Ontario in 2010, more than a third of which were from abroad.

In Ontario’s Annual Registration Report, the College of Physicians and Surgeons indicates 3,708 licenses were issued in 2010, up from 3,638 the year before.

Of those, 41 per cent were trained abroad and 37 per cent were from Ontario.

Approximately 700 licenses were given to doctors from other provinces, while another 90 went to those from the U.S.

According to the college, the increase in the number of licenses is due to rising enrolment and residency positions at Canadian universities, while more residency spots are being reserved for international medical graduates. 

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