The Ontario Physician Human Resources Data Centre (OPHRDC) is the definitive source of information on physicians in practice and postgraduate medical training in Ontario.
Located at McMaster University, OPHRDC is a collaborative project of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), and the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM).
Since 1992, OPHRDC has maintained a registry of all licensed physicians practicing in Ontario, the Active Physician Registry. From this registry the Centre produces numerous reports and analyses, including an annual report, Physicians in Ontario (PIO) and special reports based on the annual PIO dataset. (See Timeline for history/highlights of OPHRDC).
OPHRDC also maintains a registry of postgraduate medical trainees. Each of the Ontario medical schools transfers data on postgraduate trainees to the OPHRDC central registry for analysis and reporting. An annual report, Postgraduate Medical Trainees in Ontario (PMTIO), and a variety of special reports are prepared from this Registry by the OPHRDC.
Beginning in 2014, OPHRDC became the validation and submission centre for Medical Trainee Data (MTD) used in part in the calculation of funding for Ontario hospitals.
OPHRDC also compiles a database of physician hospital appointments (PHAL) for the MOHLTC.
The following agreements govern data provided to OPHRDC:
- MoHLTC – data sharing agreement as well as funding agreement
- CPSO – data sharing agreement
- OMA – data sharing agreement
- COFM – memorandum of understanding