No easy cure for left-out medical-school grads

A record number of medical-school graduates this year missed out on residency programs, their final training stage, due to an “alarming trend” that puts at risk the hundreds of thousands of dollars provincial governments have invested in the next generation of Canadian doctors.

This spring, more than 2,700 medical students were accepted to residency programs that begin next month at university hospitals across the country.

But the program, an algorithm used to match applicant preferences to universities’ preferred candidates, has left 68 students without a residency assignment.

The problem highlights a gap between the numbers of spots in medical schools and the number of residency spots, which have been cut back in recent years due to tighter budgets, according to the Canadian Federation of Medical Students.


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