Manpower

Census of Canadian Gastroenterologists

Findings from the census suggest that Canada has 550 gastroenterologists (Can J Gastroenterol 2007;21(12):843-6) or 1.83 specialists per 100,000 population, ranking Canada fourth of five countries after the United States (3.90 specialists/100,000), France (3.48), and Australia (2.10) (Am J Gastroenterol 2007;102:478-81). In addition, it is projected that the number of gastroenterologists will fall by 15% in the next 10 years unless training positions are increased. Furthermore, colorectal cancer (CRC) screening programs will dramatically increase the need for colonoscopy and put further strain on Canada’s ability to provide timely care for patients with digestive diseases.