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14th Conference, Quebec City 2013

International Health Workforce Collaborative LogoThis series of International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC) conferences brings together policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom with responsibility for and interests in medical workforce issues. It includes approximately 20 delegates from each of these countries and guests from several other countries and organizations. Delegates include governmental and non-governmental policy makers, economists, researchers, medical educators, health service clinicians and managers. Participation in this conference is by invitation only.

The 14th International Health Workforce Collaborative conference will be held in Quebec City, Canada on May 7-9, 2013 at the Loews Hôtel Le Concorde, with a full day Technical Skills Session on May 6th (note, this session is limited to the first 40 registrants). A welcome reception will be held on Monday, May 6th at the hotel. A dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at Les Ancêtres, Auberge et Restaurant. The conference rate for guest rooms at the Loews Hôtel Le Concorde is $159 CAD (room only) and will expire on April 13th. A credit card will be required to guarantee the room, but no prepayment required. Room cancellation must be done within 24 hrs. in advance of your arrival date to avoid penalty. For more information about the hotel, please visit www.loewshotels.com/leconcorde. You may make your reservation online at www.loewshotels.com/leconcorde and enter the following code WOR065 to receive the conference rate or by phone at + 800 463 5256. For more information about Quebec City, please click here.

The International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC) presents a valuable opportunity to better understand global trends that affect medical workforce policies and to promote an exchange of policy approaches across countries on medical workforce planning.

The format of the conferences has been designed to generate as much interaction amongst the participants as possible. Some sessions will be supported by papers and other material will be available in advance to all participants.

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  • Influences on career choice: what factors influence the career choice of medical students?S. Rimac
  • Examining factors for specialist physician under- and unemployment in Canada: a mixed method studyD. Fréchette, D. Hollenberg, G. Babitskaya
  • Factors affecting effectiveness of interdisciplinary primary health care teams: a systematic review of Canadian and international literatureG. M. Mulvale, M. Embrett, S. Razavi
  • The feminization of the physician workforce: implications for health human resources planningL. Hedden, M. L. Barer
  • Addressing provider shortage in underserviced areas: the role of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) providers in Canadian rural healthcareD. Hollenberg, M. Lytle, R. Walji, K. Cooley
  • "Source" country perspectives on the migration of health professionals: causes, consequences and responsesI. Bourgeault, R. Labonte, V. Runnels, C. Packer, G. Tomblin Murphy, K. Kienapple, M. Frere
  • The labour force in long-term residential care: comparing across jurisdictionsK. Laxer, P. Armstrong
  • Planning the health workforce and system based on the health needs of the population – a knowledge synthesisG. Tomblin Murphy, A. MacKenzie, S. Price, A. Elliott Rose
  • Pan-Canadian health human resources planning toolkitK. Connell


  • Innovative, interprofessional model of specialty care delivery and education in the department of Veterans Affairs (VA)B. K. Chang, J. Brannen, C. Howard, D. Latini
  • Letting the Gini out of the bottle: does Medicare spending on graduate medical education relate to income inequality?K. Yamazaki, N. Yaghmour, P. H. Rockey
  • Community health center expansion: roles of nurse practitioners and physician assistantsP. A. Morgan, C. Everett, E. Hing
  • Improving access to dental care through diversity: the data disconnectE. Mertz, C. Wides, A. Cooke
  • New data to inform global workforce planning and education of physician assistantsA. Glicken, A. Miller
  • A new data collection mechanism is effective in providing information to inform workforce policy and planningA. Glicken
  • Selecting a representative sample of states for a survey about GME funding and policyJ. C. Spero, E. Fraher, P. Rockey


  • Australian medical schools outcomes database and longitudinal tracking (MSOD) projectD. M. Roberton, B. Kaur, N. Hogan, R. Astles-Phillips, N. Glasgow
  • ‘The Long and Winding Road’: building a needs-based approach to planning the general practice workforce in south AustraliaC. O. Laurence, J. Karnon, C. Chittleborough, M. Lorimer
  • What models of care coordination work (at a health workforce, organisational and system level) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with complex chronic care needs, and in what circumstances?L. Naccarella, L. Freijser, L. Stamford
  • The cost-effectiveness of nurse practitioners providing out of hours primary careM. GH. Laurant, N. Wijers, R. van der Burgt


  • Robust workforce planningG. Willis
  • Nursing care that is left undoneJ. Ball, P. Griffiths, T. Murrells, A. Rafferty
  • Big picture challenges for health and social care – Implications for workforce planning, education, training and developmentMeena Mahil