May 08 2019

Full house for FMRQ Symposium on Quebec Medical Residents’ Financial Health

On May 3, 2019, Medical Resident Day in Quebec, the FMRQ held a Symposium on Financial Health—for which more than 430 medical residents gathered at Montreal’s Centre Mont-Royal—on the theme of “Up to your neck in debt!” They discussed tips, tricks, and advice for managing their finances more effectively during residency, on entering practice, and in the longer term. They attended the presentation of quite surprising data on Quebec medical residents’ debt levels and economic and financial knowledge, following a survey conducted in recent weeks. They were given striking and sometimes provocative advice on management and consumption by Quebec’s favourite accountant, Pierre-Yves McSween. And a panel of doctors at the start of practice shared their financial journeys through residency, fellowship, and the early days of practice, allowing the medical residents attending to leave with several tools that will help them manage their finances more effectively and make more personally and professionally enlightened economic decisions in the coming years.

May 08 2019

Symposium on PREMs in FM in time of change

On May 3, 2019, the FMRQ held its yearly Symposium on PREMs in FM, at Montreal’s Centre Mont-Royal. The event was attended by some 300 family medicine residents, who learned about the latest developments in the process for applying for compliance notices, which takes effect on October 15, 2019 for those wishing to obtain a PREM to start practice on July 1, 2020. The new rules are intended to make the process more transparent, notably by centralizing applications in a single location for all Quebec regions. Participants also had the chance to meet with representatives of most regional departments of general medicine (DRMGs), discuss their expectations with them, and learn more about each region’s needs, at an informal cocktail hour.

May 07 2019

Excelsior Awards: Congratulations to our 2019 recipients!

On May 3, 2019, the FMRQ revealed the names of the recipients of the 2019 Excelsior Awards, in the context of Medical Resident Day. The Excelsior Awards are intended to underscore medical residents’ involvement in original, innovative projects, initiated by them or to which they have contributed significantly, which meet a need among residents and/or the community at large, in that they contribute, directly or indirectly, to enhancing resident and community wellness.

Five awards were made, one for a representative of each medical resident association in Quebec, and one for projects from family medicine residents.

The 2019 Excelsior Award for McGill University goes to Sena Turkdogan, an R2 in surgery, for her Precare project. Precare is a creative, web-based animation guide made for patients and their families to guide them through pre-operative preparation, illustrating what to expect from their upcoming surgery, and advises them on how to promptly and safely recover postoperatively.

The 2019 Excelsior Award for Laval University goes to Frantz-Daniel Lafortune, an R2 in family medicine, for his project to raise awareness and teach about overdiagnosis. This project involves creating a teaching module addressing the concepts of overdiagnosis, overmedication, and overtreatment for family medicine residents in all Quebec medical schools.

The 2019 Excelsior Award for the University of Sherbrooke goes to Pascal Laferrière-Langlois, an R5 in anesthesiology, for his MedAcademia project. This project aims to set up a reference platform centralizing audiovisual resources for clinical instruction – podcasts, online training, video clips from scientific journals, etc. – across all medical and surgical specialties.

The 2019 Excelsior Award for the University of Montreal goes to Sarah-Émilie Racine-Hamel and her team, for Résident Sentinelle. This project aims in the short term to raise the proportion of residents made aware of distress-related issues and enhance knowledge of the tools and services available for medical residents, so as to establish a culture of vigilance and caring.

Finally, the 2019 Excelsior Award for family medicine goes to Rodrigo Alejandro Flores-Soto, an R2 in FM, for his project to distribute medical books in Madagascar. To come to the aid of Malagasy medical students, he personally collected 250 kg of medical literature which he shipped, at his own expense, to the Faculty of Medicine library in Madagascar.

Each winning project received a certificate and a $750 bursary.

Congratulations to all the 2019 Excelsior Award winners.

December 27 2018

Interpretation Guide to the 2015-2021 Collective Agreement

We invite you to consult The Interpretation Guide to the FMRQ 2015-2021 Collective Agreement which is now posted on our website. We remind you that, for any questions concerning your work conditions, you may also get in touch with the FMRQ directly by calling 514-282-0256 or 1-800-465-0215, or emailing

December 26 2018

Competence by Design (CBD)

The Royal College is continuing to integrate the various training programs into the competency-based approach, or Competence by Design. Already, eight programs have been following the CBD model since July 1, 2018. Last year, the FMRQ had published a report on the impact of CBD on Quebec’s medical residents, based on semi-structured interviews conducted on two of these programs. Early in 2019, the FMRQ will be polling medical residents registered in CBD in the eight programs concerned, to see whether our recommendations have been taken into consideration and identify any issues that still deserve attention from us and the other stakeholders concerned.

December 25 2018

Your Board of Directors for 2018-2019

Here are FMRQ’s board members who will represent you for 2018-2019.

August 27 2018

Competence By Design

Training Site Challenges - FMRQ's 15 recommendations to faculty authorities

July 24 2018

R1 Welcoming Day

The R1 Welcoming Day was held on July 20 at the Old Port’s Belvédère in Montreal. 

July 20 2018

UpToDate Summer Group Promo – Register now!

UpToDate summer promotion continues! Register or renew your subscription for $159 US for one year, or $299 US for two years.


July 19 2018

13th Annual Medical Federation Golf Tournament

On July 23, 2018, the annual Medical Federation Golf Tournament in aid of Quebec Physicians’ Health Program (QPHP) took place at Pinegrove Golf Club in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

This edition was a great success, as over $ 117,000 were collected. These funds will help ensure sustainability of the QPHP which provides services to physicians in distress.

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