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Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec

FMRQ Express Vol. 7, No. 9 March 2011

FMRQ Express is a publication of the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec which reports on developments with regard to the main issues to which special attention is paid and on decisions made by Federation bodies, notably the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Delegates’ Assembly.

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RELEVEENSANTE.CA: NEW SITE FOR INFORMATION ON NEGOTIATIONS

PREMS FOR 2011 IN SPECIALTIES FINALLY AVAILABLE

GENERAL NEGOTIATIONS 

ASSEMBLY ON OUTSIDE QUEBEC CAREER DAY CONCERNING PREMS AND

FAMILY MEDICINE BURSARY PROGRAM 2011-2012

 HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT? STATUTORY HOLIDAYS 

FELLOWSHIPS IN FRANCE

 QUEBEC YOUNG FAMILY PHYSICIANS FACEBOOK GROUP CONTEST WIN AN IPAD!  AWARDS OF RECOGNITION FOR FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENTS COLLEGE OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS OF CANADA 

BIRTHING THE WORLD: CONFERENCE ON BEST PRACTICES IN PERINATAL CARE

 WELLNESS CAPSULE IMPACT OF PHYSICIAN DISTRESS ON HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS 

PROFILE OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION IN QUEBEC: SOME STATISTICS

 ROYAL COLLEGE SURGERY EXAMS – DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION PRINCIPLES OF SURGERY – SPECIALTY EXAMS – SUBSPECIALTY EXAMS 

IMPORTANT DATES ALDO-QUEBEC – CALENDAR FOR 2011 RESTRICTIVE PERMIT–RESIDENT/MOONLIGHTING


RELEVEENSANTE.CA: NEW SITE FOR INFORMATION ON NEGOTIATIONS

Launch  On February 28, 2011, the FMRQ launched a Web site focussing primarily on the negotiations for renewal of our collective agreement.  releveensante.ca includes a video summarizing the FMRQ's demands and providing information on our priority demands, namely, the adjustment of medical residents’ overall compensation, currently 25.6% below the Canadian average, and the rearrangement of call duty schedules limited to a maximum of 16 consecutive hours.  A link is also available to access the three issues of INFO NEGO describing our two main priorities: 16hour call duty, and the adjustment in our compensation, along with the other non-monetary demands.

Support  Since the launch, 776 people have visited the site, and 800 have registered on Facebook to follow the progress of the negotiations.  In addition, close to 400 people have conveyed their support to us by leaving messages on the site.  The Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ) has sent the FMRQ a message of support in its struggle for better working conditions, which is posted on the site under Our support. releveensante.ca ballpoints  Since the general assembly held in Montreal on February 10, 2011, ballpoint pens bearing the address of our releveensante.ca Web site have been distributed in many sites.  The FMRQ will be producing other ballpoints in the coming weeks. We invite you to hand them out generously to your medical resident colleagues, but also to other staff members in the health care establishments where you are on rotation. The more aware people are of the current negotiations, and especially of our working conditions, the more support we will receive. Coverage so far  Several newspapers picked up the news last week, including Le Devoir, La Presse, Branchez-vous! Matin, Journal de Québec and the daily 24 H. Interviews were also given in the electronic media. Recent bargaining session and upcoming association assemblies  A bargaining session was held on March 9, and association general assemblies are scheduled in the coming weeks to provide you with more information on how the negotiations are going. Keep an eye on your electronic inboxes and the notice boards in your establishments.

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Visit the site regularly, and register on Facebook and Twitter to be kept up to date on the latest developments  To learn about the latest developments with respect to the current negotiations, visit www.releveensante.ca and register. You can also register on Facebook and Twitter.  We invite you to spread the news to your colleagues who may not have heard about it, and to your relatives and friends, so they can also support us and give even more strength to our demands.  For any questions concerning the negotiations, feel free to call Marie-Anik Laplante at 514-282-0256 or 1-800-465-0215 or to email her at malaplante@fmrq.qc.ca. PREMS FOR 2011 IN SPECIALTIES FINALLY AVAILABLE    

On February 18, 2011, the Minister of Health and Social Services issued the regional physician resource plans in specialties for 2011. These PREMs constitute the first phase of the fiveyear PREM, which covers the years 2011 to 2015. The PREMs for 2011 largely meet the FMRQ’s demands, but there are still some specialties where the situation is more fragile. The Federation is therefore continuing its advocacy vis-à-vis the different authorities to ensure that all physicians currently in training in Quebec have a position once they complete their residency. For more information, consult the February 26, 2011 issue of INFO PREM.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON OUTSIDE QUEBEC CAREER DAY CONCERNING PREMS AND NEGOTIATIONS

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On February 10, 2011, the FMRQ held a general assembly to inform its membership about developments on two fronts: PREMs in family medicine and specialties, and negotiations for renewal of the collective agreement. Some 300 medical residents took part in the meeting. The general assembly coincided with Outside Quebec Career Day, which brought together 35 health care establishments from other provinces and the United States.

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FAMILY MEDICINE BURSARY PROGRAM 2011-2012        

The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services is offering medical bursaries again this year to medical students (clinical clerks) and family medicine residents. The deadline for registering or requesting a renewal is May 31, 2011. Bursaries for medical students are worth $15,000. Bursaries for medical residents are worth $20,000. A maximum of four bursaries may be awarded to an individual during his training. To be eligible, you must be domiciled in Quebec, have a sound knowledge of French, be registered in a medical faculty and undertake to provide the services set out in a contract (commitment form). In signing this form, you undertake to practise in a geographical area designated by the Minister for a number of years equal to the number of bursaries received. For further information, contact the Secretariat of your medical faculty or consult the Ministry Web site at www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/enregion.

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT? STATUTORY HOLIDAYS        

We regularly receive calls from medical residents wishing to obtain clarification concerning payment for statutory holidays worked. Recently, Me Jean-Alain Corbeil handed down an arbitration award concerning two grievances filed by medical residents from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine, who were asking to be paid for call duty performed on statutory holidays. The grievances concerned two medical residents paid by the MUHC (the “paying officer”) but on rotation at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital at the time of the call duty. The first resident performed call duty at the Jewish General Hospital on Rosh Hashana, a statutory holiday recognized by that establishment, but not by his paying officer, the MUHC. His establishment refused to pay him for this call duty. The second resident performed call duty on Rosh Hashana, but at the MUHC, which did not recognize that day as a statutory holiday. So the establishment responsible for paying the resident refused to pay him for that day. The arbitrator ruled that the first medical resident should be paid, but not the second, for the following reasons. The arbitration award confirmed that the notions of an establishment as a “paying officer” and an establishment as a “rotation site” were not mentioned in the collective agreement. Thus, the medical resident’s employer is not the paying officer—in this case the MUHC—but rather the establishment where he is performing his rotation—in this case the Jewish General Hospital. Indeed, it was that establishment which had disciplinary authority over the medical resident. The arbitrator therefore concluded that the medical resident is entitled to be paid for a statutory holiday if that holiday is recognized by the establishment where he is performing his rotation, even if it is not recognized by the establishment that is the “paying officer.” The first medical resident was paid, because he performed his call duty at the Jewish General Hospital on a statutory holiday. The second resident was not paid, because his call duty was performed in an establishment for which that particular day was not considered a statutory holiday.

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FELLOWSHIPS IN FRANCE 

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If you intend to perform a fellowship in France, including if you are applying under a university co-operation agreement, for a DFMS (diploma of specialized medical training, or diplôme de formation médicale spécialisée) or DFMSA (diploma of advanced specialized medical training, or diplôme de formation médicale spécialisée approfondie), you must, under the decree of August 3, 2010, complete a file and submit it in duplicate to the Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France no later than mid-January. Please check with the Consulate to be sure of the exact date for next year. The address of the Consulate General of France is as follows: Consulate General of France SCAC Mme Katia Tessier 1501 McGill College Avenue, 11th Floor Montreal, QC H3A 3M8 Files may be downloaded from the University of Strasbourg site: For further information, consult the Consulate General of France in Montreal site. N.B. In 2010, candidates for the DFMS and DFMSA (France) had to pass an exam before obtaining their visa. After one year of applying this requirement, though, France has now dropped it.

QUEBEC YOUNG FAMILY PHYSICIANS FACEBOOK GROUP CONTEST WIN AN IPAD!       

From 09:00 on March 1, 2011 to 16:00 on April 29, 2011, family medicine residents are invited to take part in a contest set up by the Committee of Young Physicians of the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ). “Partagez votre opinion sur Facebook et courez la chance de gagner un iPad!” (Share your opinion on Facebook for a chance to win an iPad!) This contest is aimed at young Quebec family physicians with up to seven years of practice as well as Quebec family medicine residents. To take part, you must join the “Les jeunes médecins de famille du Québec” Facebook group. This group’s goal is to offer young physicians a private space where they may put forward their opinions and share their feelings about the future of their profession. The more you take part, the greater are your chances of winning! Points are tallied by the FMOQ Communications Department. Consult the complete results on the FMOQ site or in the information section of the “Les jeunes médecins de famille du Québec” Facebook group.

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AWARDS OF RECOGNITION FOR FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENTS COLLEGE OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS OF CANADA  

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Each year, the College of Family Physicians of Canada solicits nominations for awards to recognize the achievements of family medicine residents. Leadership Awards for Family Medicine Residents These awards recognize the leadership abilities of outstanding senior family medicine residents (R2 or R3). One resident from each of the 17 Canadian family medicine residency programs will receive a Leadership Award. Murray Stalker Award This award recognizes an outstanding family medicine resident as a potential future leader in the discipline of family medicine based on leadership, academic, research and communication skills. The recipient is selected from among the 17 nominees of the Family Medicine Resident Leadership Awards. Research Awards for Family Medicine Residents These awards recognize excellence in research carried out by family medicine residents completed in the current academic year. Two awards are available. Family Medicine Resident Awards for Scholarship These awards recognize outstanding scholarly achievements of senior family medicine residents (R2 or R3). One resident (or team of residents) from each of the 17 Canadian family medicine residency programs will receive a scholarship. Nadine St-Pierre Award This award recognizes the best scholarly work of an outstanding Francophone family medicine resident (R1 or R2). The deadlines for submitting nominations vary, depending on the award. For further information on CFPC awards, consult their site at Family Medicine Resident Awards.

BIRTHING THE WORLD: CONFERENCE ON BEST PRACTICES IN PERINATAL CARE  

On November 25 and 26, 2010, the Conference on Best Practices in Perinatal Care was held in Quebec City. The speakers’ presentations are now available on the Quebec Association for Public Health site at http://www.aspq.org/fr/dossiers/perinatalite/116/enfanter-le-monde.

WELLNESS CAPSULE IMPACT OF PHYSICIAN DISTRESS ON HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS   

“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” This quotation from Sir Winston Churchill could also apply to members of the medical profession, as may be seen from an article in the November 2009 issue of The Lancet. The article, entitled “Physician wellness: a missing quality indicator,” talks of the unmeasurable impact of psychological distress in physicians. The authors review the work stresses faced by doctors, barriers to attending to wellness, and the consequences of unwell physicians on the individual and on health care systems. Enjoy the article!

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PROFILE OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION IN QUEBEC: SOME STATISTICS       

On February 8, 2011, the Collège des médecins du Québec released the statistics concerning its membership roll as at December 31, 2010. On that date, there were 430 more doctors than on December 31, 2009. Quebec now has 9,978 family medicine specialists (48.8%) and 10,486 doctors in the other specialties (51.2%). Of the 20,464 physicians registered on the roll, 18,504 are in practice, and 1,960 are retired. 85.5% obtained their certification in Canada, 0.5% in the United States, and 10.9% in more than 75 other countries. Currently, there are 3,590 medical students and 3,335 medical residents in Quebec’s four medical faculties. The breakdown by sex of medical students and medical residents together is 63.5% women and 36.5% men.

ROYAL COLLEGE SURGERY EXAMS – DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION PRINCIPLES OF SURGERY – SPECIALTY EXAMS – SUBSPECIALTY EXAMS 

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Deadlines for applying for assessment of training for the 2012 exams:  Specialties: April 30, 2011 (including the Principles of Surgery (POS) exam)  Subspecialties: August 31, 2011 Medical residents who have to pass the Principles of Surgery (POS) exam may take it during their R2 year. If you are in that situation, you must submit your Preliminary Assessment of Training form during your first year of residency, by the date mentioned above. Also, if you are finishing your surgical residency in 2012, you must notify the Credentials Unit by the April 30, 2011 deadline of your intent to take the final exam. Don’t forget that, in addition to the application form, you will also have to submit a number of documents, including a copy of your medical degree and a credit card authorization form for payment of the assessment fee. For further information on the procedure for registering for the exams, consult the Royal College site at http://www.royalcollege.ca. You may also reach them by calling 613-730-8191 or emailing credentials@royalcollege.ca. N.B. No late registrations will be accepted.

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IMPORTANT DATES ALDO-QUEBEC – CALENDAR FOR 2011 (registration required one month prior to training session) N.B. We invite you to consult the Collège site to check that certain sessions have not been postponed.

DATE

CITY

LOCATION

March 22 April 5

Quebec City Sherbrooke

April 19

Montreal

May 3 May 17 May 24

Montreal Montreal Montreal

June 7 July 5

Quebec City Montreal

August 23 August 30 September 13 September 27 October 11 October 25 November 8 November 29 December 6 December 13

Montreal Quebec City Montreal Sherbrooke Montreal Montreal Sherbrooke Montreal Montreal Quebec City

Laval University (FRE) University of Sherbrooke (FRE) Pavillon Gérald-La Salle Room Z7-2005 McGill University (ENG) McIntyre Building Meakins Room 521 University of Montreal (FRE) University of Montreal (FRE) McGill University (ENG) McIntyre Building Martin Room 504 Laval University (FRE) McGill University (ENG) McIntyre Building Meakins Room 521 University of Montreal (FRE) Laval University (FRE) University of Montreal (FRE) University of Sherbrooke (FRE) McGill University (ENG) University of Montreal (FRE) University of Sherbrooke (FRE) University of Montreal (FRE) McGill University (ENG) Laval University (FRE)

ALDO-Quebec training sessions run from 1 pm to 4 pm, unless indicated otherwise. The registration form is available on the Collège site, and must reach the department responsible at least one month prior to the training session in which you wish to participate. You may register after the deadline, but additional fees could be charged. For further information, consult the Collège des médecins du Québec site at www.cmq.org, under Students, Residents and Fellows/Examinations and ALDO.

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RESTRICTIVE PERMIT–RESIDENT/MOONLIGHTING Calendar 2011 for sending your documents to the Collège Deadline March 16 April 20 May 11 June 8 July 6 August 31 October 12 November 7 December 7

Collège meeting March 24 April 28 May 19 June 16 July 14 September 8 October 20 November 15 December 15

Permits are issued a few days after the meetings.

Charles Dussault, MD President For further information, please contact the FMRQ by phoning 514-282-0256 or 1-800-465-0215 or emailing fmrq@fmrq.qc.ca, or visit our Web site at www.fmrq.qc.ca.

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