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Author Loewen, Shaun K. ♦ Halperin, Ross ♦ Lefresne, Shilo ♦ Trotter, Theresa ♦ Stuckless, Teri ♦ Brundage, Michael
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY ♦ CANADA ♦ EMPLOYMENT ♦ MEDICAL PERSONNEL ♦ PUBLIC OPINION ♦ SUPPLY AND DEMAND
Abstract Purpose: To determine the employment status and location of recent Canadian radiation oncology (RO) graduates and to identify current workforce entry trends. Methods and Materials: A fill-in-the-blank spreadsheet was distributed to all RO program directors in December 2013 and June 2014, requesting the employment status and location of their graduates over the last 3 years. Visa trainee graduates were excluded. Results: Response rate from program directors was 100% for both survey administrations. Of 101 graduates identified, 99 (98%) had known employment status and location. In the December survey, 5 2013 graduates (16%), 17 2012 graduates (59%), and 18 2011 graduates (75%) had permanent staff employment. Six months later, 5 2014 graduates (29%), 15 2013 graduates (48%), 24 2012 graduates (83%), and 21 2011 graduates (88%) had secured staff positions. Fellowships and temporary locums were common for those without staff employment. The proportion of graduates with staff positions abroad increased from 22% to 26% 6 months later. Conclusions: Workforce entry for most RO graduates was delayed but showed steady improvement with longer time after graduation. High emigration rates for jobs abroad signify domestic employment challenges for newly certified, Canadian-trained radiation oncologists. Coordination on a national level is required to address and regulate radiation oncologist supply and demand disequilibrium in Canada.
ISSN 03603016
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-10-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics
Volume Number 93
Issue Number 2


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