Specialized Geriatric Services in Ontario RGPO – Physician Human Resources Report

The purpose of this proposal was to map where geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists or psychiatrists and Care of the Elderly physicians are working in the province within Specialized Geriatric Services/Senior’s Mental Health. We planned to determine the current deficit for geriatricians and geriatric psychiatrists working within each Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) against an established ratio (Fisher, 2014). We also wanted to estimate the future deficit by calculating the anticipated need by 2025 taking into account physicians estimated to retire 40 years from their medical degree and adding newly trained geriatricians working in Ontario.

We planned to make transparent where there are current gaps in the provision of geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry expertise in Specialized Geriatric Services and Seniors Mental Health within each of the 14 LHINs. By making it transparent, we wanted communities to become aware of their deficits. We anticipate communities are receptive to attracting specialists in geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry. We also wanted to identify for LHINs where additional resources are needed to create and expand teams to work with specialists in geriatrics. We also wanted subspecialty trainees and HealthForce Ontario to know in which communities there are unmet needs and where the trainees in geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry can be supported by specialized geriatric teams.