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“Happy New Year!”

What a conventional expression . . .

It’s no more than an automatic greeting. People meet at parties during the holidays, and express their best wishes. “Happy New Year” is passed on just like the flu.

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Draft legislation on the agenda for 2015: Bill 10 and Bill 20

The medical profession was severely shaken up in late 2014 by the tabling of two major pieces of draft legislation by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Gaétan Barrette. The debate will continue in 2015, when the National Assembly starts up again. Here are some of the major elements of these two Bills.

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Presentations on PREMs for AMReQ residents

This coming January 26 and 27, presentations on PREMs will be given for R3s and above. The meetings will be held in Pavillon Ferdinand-Vandry, Room 1871.

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Young Physicians for Public Health: Join the movement!

Concerned about healthcare system restructuring?
JMPSP is defending Quebecers’ health—join the movement!

Dear Colleagues,

As you are certainly aware, the current Quebec government intends to reform the healthcare system so as to cut back on spending. As residents and health system workers, we are entitled to be worried at the pace of the change, the lack of consideration of the public and the professionals working in the system, and the failure to assess the impact on Quebecers’ health. On top of Bills 10 and 20, which will certainly transform our system and practice, the government is unfortunately also aiming to cut public health spending by 30%. 

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New Code of ethics of physicians In effect since January 7, 2015

The Collège des médecins du Québec recently issued a new version of the Code of ethics of physicians, which came into effect on January 7, 2015.

To access the updated Code, visit:

and click on the link alongside “Code of Ethics of physicians.”

New format for the Respirology (adult) certification exam: Fall 2015

Please note that format of the Respirology (adult) exam will be undergoing changes as of fall 2015. The written component will consist of two short-answer question (SAQ) tests, each taking three hours, and an OSCE component. The content is still based on the Objectives of Training. You may access the updated format via the following link: Information by Subspecialty - Respirology. (Eligible) candidates should be receiving their notices of registration for the exam between mid-December 2014 and January 2015.


Ability to live and develop by recovering from traumatic shocks, adversity

On Friday, February 20, 2015, the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (CAIR) will be holding a one-day Resiliency Summit at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa. Collaborating in the activity are the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec, College of Family Physicians of Canada – Section of Residents and Section of Medical Students, Canadian Federation of Medical Students and Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec.

The registration fee for medical students and residents is $40. The CAIR Annual Awards Dinner Ceremony is being held the same evening; the cost of the dinner is $100. To register, consult the attached documents. For further information, you may get in touch with Johanne Carrier at the FMRQ by calling 514-282-0256 or 1-800-465-0215.

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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT? Release from call duty prior to exams

Article 12.19 stipulates that you must be released from your call duty during the seven (7) days preceding examinations of the Collège des médecins du Québec, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Medical Council of Canada.

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Dr Armen Parsyan, an R4 cancer scientist specializing in general surgery at McGill University, is the editor of a recently published volume entitled Translation and Its Regulation in Cancer Biology and Medicine.  

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Following the introduction of 16-hour call duty in an establishment in Quebec, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) set up a National Steering Committee to study the impact of this measure on various aspects of postgraduate medical education.

The FMRQ took part in this steering committee’s work, and co-operated in drafting a collection of articles recently published in BioMed Central as Resident duty hours across borders: an international perspective.

The FMRQ’s article is entitled: 16-hour call duty schedules: the Quebec experience.

This supplement is available in English only.

Reimbursement of travel expenses – REMINDER

Decentralized medical training program reimbursed by the establishment

Centralized medical training program reimbursed by the FMRQ

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Read Le Médecin du Québec on your computer – January 2015 edition


The Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ) now gives you access to the electronic version of its monthly publication, Le Médecin du Québec.


To access the publication . . . Le médecin du Québec


Family medicine residents sought for study on Multiple roles and impact on wellness and quality of life

A researcher at UQAM is looking for family medicine residents to take part in a doctoral research project on the wellness and quality of life of residents in that discipline.

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Wellness capsule of the month: Reducing your environmental stress, Part 3 (conclusion)

There are six billion of us on this earth, trying to find happiness, serenity and peace. It is a proven fact that greenery is gentle on the eyes, and the soft sounds and smells of nature relax the brain and help us relax. Our health does indeed improve when we are in contact with a natural environment, and the symptoms of depression—the consequence of being overloaded by stress—decline.

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ALDO Quebec – Calendar for 2015

All medical residents have to take part in an ALDO Quebec training session during their training. Registration must be completed one month prior to the training session.

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