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Title: Delayed Workforce Entry and High Emigration Rates for Recent Canadian Radiation Oncology Graduates

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 oncologistmore » supply and demand disequilibrium in Canada.« less

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5]
  1. CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
  2. BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC (Canada)
  3. Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB (Canada)
  4. Dr H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, St. John's, NL (Canada)
  5. Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, Kingston, ON (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22458771
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0360-3016
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CANADA; EMPLOYMENT; MEDICAL PERSONNEL; PUBLIC OPINION; SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Citation Formats

Loewen, Shaun K., E-mail: shaun.loewen@cancercare.mb.ca, Halperin, Ross, Lefresne, Shilo, Trotter, Theresa, Stuckless, Teri, and Brundage, Michael. Delayed Workforce Entry and High Emigration Rates for Recent Canadian Radiation Oncology Graduates. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1016/J.IJROBP.2015.06.002.
Loewen, Shaun K., E-mail: shaun.loewen@cancercare.mb.ca, Halperin, Ross, Lefresne, Shilo, Trotter, Theresa, Stuckless, Teri, & Brundage, Michael. Delayed Workforce Entry and High Emigration Rates for Recent Canadian Radiation Oncology Graduates. United States. doi:10.1016/J.IJROBP.2015.06.002.
Loewen, Shaun K., E-mail: shaun.loewen@cancercare.mb.ca, Halperin, Ross, Lefresne, Shilo, Trotter, Theresa, Stuckless, Teri, and Brundage, Michael. Thu . "Delayed Workforce Entry and High Emigration Rates for Recent Canadian Radiation Oncology Graduates". United States. doi:10.1016/J.IJROBP.2015.06.002.
@article{osti_22458771,
title = {Delayed Workforce Entry and High Emigration Rates for Recent Canadian Radiation Oncology Graduates},
author = {Loewen, Shaun K., E-mail: shaun.loewen@cancercare.mb.ca and Halperin, Ross and Lefresne, Shilo and Trotter, Theresa and Stuckless, Teri and Brundage, Michael},
abstractNote = {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.},
doi = {10.1016/J.IJROBP.2015.06.002},
journal = {International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics},
issn = {0360-3016},
number = 2,
volume = 93,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {10}
}