British Columbia Medical Association. Doctors Today and Tomorrow: Planning British Columbia’s Physician Workforce. Vancouver, BC: BCMA Council on Health Economics and Policy. Retrieved from https://www.bcma.org/files/PhysicianWorkforce_paper_WEB.pdf.
In this paper, the BCMA examines the challenges of physician workforce planning through the lens of the medical career lifecycle. Each stage—medical student, resident, practicing physician, and near-retirement—offers opportunities for stakeholders to improve current policy and understanding on the individual choices that physicians make about what, how, and where they practice. Doing so will align physician resource planning more closely with the population’s need for health care services. Some of these can be implemented immediately by the government. For example, an increase in the number of government-funded residency positions would add greater flexibility in the postgraduate training system and allow opportunities for re-entry and enhanced skills training for practicing physicians. Others will take longer.