Welcome to Residency!
First of all, welcome to residency! We all know how hard you have worked to reach this point, and congratulate you on it! We have brought together on this page all the relevant information you need to start your residency on the right foot.
Join the FMRQ
Some time before the start of their residency, each resident doctor receives an email including the membership application form. If you have started your residency but not received the email in question, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Board of Directors
Learn more about the FMRQ’s 10 Board members.
Three-year Plan 2019-2022
The Board of Directors, following consultation with the delegates, determined the Federation’s overall objectives for a three-year period.
- Raise the profile of the FMRQ
- Foster joint, complementary action between the FMRQ and affiliated associations
- Foster continuous improvement and development of our services to members
- Lobby with respect to certification requirements, and the cost and relevance of certain exams
- Maintain constant watch with respect to privacy and protection of personal information
- Foster continuous improvement of work conditions and prepare the upcoming renewal of the collective agreement
- Fight and prevent any form of psychological harassment (bullying)
- Analyse implementation of Competence by Design (CBD)
- Target a better work-life balance for members
- Raise interest in family medicine
- Ensure that all members have a position in Quebec on completing their training, in both FM and other specialties
Collective Agreement 2015-2021
Consult the section of this site devoted to the collective agreement. With a few clicks, you will access the most frequently consulted topics, and will be guided in the interpretation of the different articles. Note that the 2015-2021 collective agreement remains in effect until it is renewed by the negotiating parties.
- Malpractice insurance is included in the FMRQ’s collective agreement.
- It provides coverage for all rotations recognized by the Collège des médecins du Québec, whether they take place in Quebec or elsewhere.
- It covers legal action, even when filed after residency, for medical acts performed during residency.
Understanding the Rotation Validity Rule
The rotation validation policy requires you to perform 75% of your rotation in order for it to be valid.
This rule is not part of the collective agreement, but derives from university policies. So, while the basic concept is the same throughout Quebec, there are differences in each university. To learn about the points common to all universities, the days for which you are released and considered present under the 75% rule, and the days for which you are entitled to leave as stipulated in the collective agreement, but for which you are considered absent under the 75% rule, consult the page devoted to that topic
How to Find out Whether a Call Schedule Complies With the Collective Agreement
Did you know you may perform a maximum of 6 call periods in an establishment and a maximum of 20 night calls in an establishment per 28-day period? That there is a limit on the number of weekends worked? This page contains all the information you need to find out whether your call duty complies with the collective agreement.
Study Leave, Conference Leave, and Vacation: What You Are Entitled to
The banks of vacation, study leave, release for conferences, or sick leave are granted on July 1 each year. If you do not complete a full academic year, your various types of leave and release will be prorated to time worked. Find on this page what you are entitled to each year.
Travel, Accommodation, and Living Expenses: Reimbursements You Are Entitled to
Did you know that for your travel, living, and accommodation expenses to be reimbursed, your rotation has to be mandatory, and must be performed more than 50 km from your home base and more than 50 km from your principal residence? Consult this page in particular to learn what you are entitled to, and where and how to apply for your reimbursement.
To learn about current salary scales
Need advice concerning a failed rotation, program change, or any other assistance with university matters? We can help you, in complete confidentiality.
PEMs/PREMs in FM and PEMs in SP
Guaranteeing a position for our members completing their residency in family medicine and other specialties in Quebec is an FMRQ priority
- Consult the Finishing Your Residency Soon? page, where in particular you will find the Guide to Practice 2021-2022, to help you find a position.
- Start looking for a position as early as possible, particularly in family medicine
- Consult → Positions (PEMs/PREMs) in Family Medicine or Positions (PEMs/PREMs) – Other Specialties.
- Take part in the information meetings organized by the FMRQ:
Competence by Design (CBD) Approach to Teaching and Assessing Physicians
Since July 2017, deployment of Competence by Design in specialties other than family medicine has continued in Quebec’s medical faculties. We monitor the impact of this training and assessment method in the different training sites. Surveys and discussion groups help us take stock of the situation in all disciplines, in the four faculties. A status report is drawn up each year and distributed to the main system stakeholders.
Consult the Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 study reports, along with the recommendations conveyed in particular to the medical faculties and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Health and Wellness: Resources to Help You
For many years now, we have observed the impact of burnout and bullying in training sites. Other issues, such as parenthood, presenteeism, challenges facing international medical graduates, finances and debt, or transition from residency to practice, also influence our members’ health and wellness.
We are working on raising awareness in training sites and finding lasting solutions to these problems. In particular, we place at your disposal many backgrounders and tools to help you enhance the balance between your residency and your health and wellness.
Receive Psychological Support
Free 24/7 psychological support service
Whether for trouble at work, or for personal, spousal, family, or addiction problems.
Quebec Physicians’ Health Program (QPHP)
Receive peer support without charge.
If you have subscribed to Beneva’s Intermediate or Superior Insurance Plan, you will be reimbursed for up to $2,000 a year in consultation fees.
Consult the Wellness Support section
In particular, the section contains an algorithm to help you recognize and take action if you believe you are a victim of psychological harassment (bullying) in your training site, information on burnout, apps, podcasts, books and other resources, and a directory of assistance services.
Among our health and wellness activities, we organize the Health and Wellness Tour, to meet with supervising physicians, and symposiums on specific themes for Resident Doctor Day.
UFMG Tour: FMRQ Meeting With You
The FMRQ meets its members in each of the 50 university family medicine groups (UFMGs) across Quebec at least once every two years. These meetings enable us to answer members’ questions on various topics, including their rights, their work conditions, and issues associated with looking for a PEM or PREM. They also allow us to discuss topical issues in family medicine and validate the situation as experienced by resident doctors in those settings.
Keep an eye out for information concerning a meeting in your UFMG.
COVID-19: Reassignment Is Prioritized for Immunosuppressed Individuals
Establishments must follow INSPQ guidance, which prioritizes reassigning immunosuppressed workers so they are not in contact with patients under investigation, or probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Nevertheless, provided the risks associated with your work have been explained to you and your employer does not object, you may decide to continue to work.
Discover and Personalize Your Insurance Program
Beneva Group Insurance Plan
Participation in the FMRQ’s group insurance plan is mandatory, and coverage comes into effect following one month of continuous service.
Sogemec Optional Life and Disability Insurance
Supplementary life insurance and income replacement plan during your residency.
TD Auto and Home Insurance
Preferential rates are offered for auto and home insurance for owners, co-owners, and tenants.
Receive Free Advice on Managing Your Finances
This partner offers financial consulting services, among other things.
This partner offers group savings brokerage services, in particular.
Take advantage of banking packages, cards, credit lines, and other products at preferential rates.
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Be Well Informed
The FMRQ mobile app is brimming with exclusive information
→ In particular, it contains information on the collective agreement and positions open.
→ It contains a link so you can take out a free subscription to the Headspace meditation app, along with a telephone number for a 24/7 free psychological support service.
→ It also allows you to register for our events with just a few clicks.
On behalf of the entire team, we wish you a residency that lives up to your expectations!