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Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec

FMRQ Express Vol. 6, No. 8 February 2010

Medical residents, an essential link in access to care FMRQ Express is a publication of the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec which reports on developments with regard to the main issues that are subject to special attention and on decisions made by Federation bodies, notably the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Delegates’ Assembly.

TO ALL MEDICAL RESIDENTS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF SHERBROOKE FACULTY OF MEDICINE: RETURN YOUR QUESTIONNAIRES WITHOUT DELAY

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON NEGOTIATIONS AND 14TH OUTSIDE QUEBEC CAREER DAY SEE YOU AT THE MOUNT ROYAL CENTRE ON FEBRUARY 25, 2010

FAMILY MEDICINE: ESTABLISHMENT PREMIUMS OF $20,000 IN SOME REGIONS FOR FINALYEAR RESIDENTS

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT?

o LEAVE TO PREPARE FOR YOUR EXAMS •

ÉCHAVÉ REPORT: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BETTER INTEGRATION OF IMGS

420 MORE DOCTORS IN QUEBEC AT THE END OF 2009

FUTURE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION IN CANADA COLLECTIVE VISION THE REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE

IMPORTANT DATES o RESTRICTIVE PERMIT–RESIDENT o ALDO-QUEBEC


TO ALL MEDICAL RESIDENTS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF SHERBROOKE FACULTY OF MEDICINE RETURN YOUR QUESTIONNAIRES WITHOUT DELAY • • • • • •

We remind you that the comprehensive accreditation visit of University of Sherbrooke Faculty of Medicine postgraduate education programs and sites is to be held April 18–23, 2010. You have all received a questionnaire aimed at collecting your comments on the quality of your training and the sites where you work, in anticipation of this visit. This information is crucial if we are to be able to raise certain more critical aspects in certain sites, on a confidential basis, so that corrective steps can be taken there. This survey has been administered on an entirely confidential basis. Owing the very low response rate, we have postponed the deadline for receiving your questionnaires to February 15. If you have not received your questionnaire, we invite you to get in touch as soon as possible with Rima Karam, Secretary, Academic Affairs at the FMRQ, by calling 514-282-0256 or 1-800-465-0215 or emailing formation.medicale@fmrq.qc.ca.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON NEGOTIATIONS AND 14TH OUTSIDE QUEBEC CAREER DAY SEE YOU AT THE MOUNT ROYAL CENTRE ON FEBRUARY 25, 2010 • • • • • • • • • •

Don’t miss Outside Quebec Career Day, being held this coming February 25 at the Mount Royal Centre, 2200 Mansfield Street, Montreal. You will be able to meet there with representatives of 40 or so establishments and recruiting agencies from other provinces and the United States. You are also invited to the General Assembly, which will be concerned with the negotiations for the FMRQ’s next collective agreement. The General Assembly will start at noon. The General Assembly for members of the Association of Residents of McGill (ARM) will be held in Salon International II. The General Assembly for the three francophone faculties (Montreal, Sherbrooke, and Laval [Quebec City]) will be held in Salon Cartier I and II. It will be followed by the visit of information booths in the exhibition hall, which will be open from 1 pm to 5 pm. All medical residents are released to attend the General Assembly and Outside Quebec Career Day. Buses are also available for medical residents from Quebec City and Sherbrooke. For the bus schedules, please consult the notices to that effect in your training sites or get in touch with us at 1-800-465-0215. Please note that attendance certificates will be given to participants in the event the Faculty were to ask you to justify your absence.

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FAMILY MEDICINE ESTABLISHMENT PREMIUMS OF $20,000 IN SOME REGIONS FOR FINAL-YEAR RESIDENTS • • •

You are in the final year of training in family medicine. You want to practise in one of the regions listed below. You could receive a $20,000 premium from the Quebec health insurance board (RAMQ) if you apply without delay (deadline February 28, 2010).

Target regions o Outaouais – 3 premiums ƒ Vallée-de-la-Gatineau Health and Social Services Centre (Maniwaki) o Nord-du-Québec – 2 premiums in any one of the region’s establishments ƒ Chapais point of service of the James Bay Regional Health and Social Services Centre (René-Ricard Health Centre) ƒ Chibougamau Health Centre ƒ Lebel Health Centre (Lebel-sur-Quévillon) ƒ Isle-Dieu Health Centre (Matagami) o Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine – 3 premiums ƒ Haute-Gaspésie Health and Social Services Centre (Sainte-Anne-desMonts) Eligibility criteria o Candidates must select the region and health and social services centre (CSSS) of their choice when they apply for a premium. o They must approach the DRMG to obtain their compliance notice and the CSSS concerned to obtain privileges there. o Candidates will have to set up in practice during 2010. For further information, please get in touch with Annie Busque at the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) by calling 418-266-8868 or 1-888-708-0393 or emailing annie.busque@msss.gouv.qc.ca.

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT?

LEAVE TO PREPARE FOR YOUR EXAMS • • • •

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Some of you have started preparing for your final exams. Article 13.05 of your collective agreement was negotiated to allow you to take seven working days’ leave per year to that end. These days must be used to prepare you for one or more mandatory exams. The exams for which this leave is allowed are those leading to the award of a diploma, a permit or certification. They are usually the certification exams of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). But you can also use this leave for other mandatory exams, such as the RCPSC’s exam on basic surgical knowledge, the Principles of Surgery (POS). Note that these days of leave must be taken within two years of the scheduled date of the exams. For instance, if your exam is to be held in February 2012, you may take study leave from February 2010 onward.

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In addition, it is important to be aware that this leave must not be deducted from your bank of conference or vacation days, but rather from your study leave bank. We advise you to apply for such leave far enough in advance to ensure that it does not disturb the organization of care in the department where you should be on rotation at that time.

ÉCHAVÉ REPORT: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BETTER INTEGRATION OF IMGS •

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On January 15, 2010, the Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Yves Bolduc, announced that he would be following up on all the recommendations contained in the report of the working group set up to foster greater professional integration of international medical graduates (IMGs) who are candidates for the regular permit to practise medicine in Quebec. The measures in this report will help ensure consistency, rigour and equity through certain stages in the process of analysing the candidacies of IMG doctors (who graduated in neither Canada nor the U.S.). Here are some of the measures, as set out in the Ministry’s press release: o Creation of a reserved quota of 65 places for international medical graduates, both in family medicine and in basic specialties. These doctors will also be able to apply in other specialties, thus competing with graduates from Quebec, the rest of Canada and the United States; o Creation of a six-month upgrading rotation for IMGs who did not obtain a residency position through CaRMS and have an upgrading recommendation from the organization responsible for the evaluation-orientation mechanism; such a rotation will be instituted in the short term at St. Mary’s Hospital and at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux du Sud-Ouest—Verdun; o Generalization of the short acclimatization rotation (11 days) offered to IMGs who are admitted to residency; o Implementation of a career transition measure for international medical graduates not managing to fulfil their plans to practise medicine in Quebec; the purpose of this rotation will be to define with them a career plan taking into account their skills and interests and the opportunities afforded by the Quebec labour market. Note that most of these measures are optional for these graduates. The working group was chaired by Dr Vincent Échavé of the University of Sherbrooke Faculty of Medicine. The full version of the working group’s report is available on the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services Web site, in French only, at

NET ADDITION OF 420 DOCTORS IN QUEBEC IN 2009 • • • •

Quebec posted a net addition of 420 doctors on December 31, 2009, compared with a year earlier, the Collège des médecins du Québec announced on January 26, 2010. This represents an increase of 160 physicians since 2008. In 2009, 680 new doctors registered on the Collège roll, so the final balance of 420 reflects deaths and resignations during the year. The Collège pointed out that of the 20,034 doctors registered on the roll, 17,892 were in active full-time or part-time practice. Of that number, 49% were family physicians and 51% were specialist physicians.

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Of physicians on the Collège roll as of December 31, 2009, 88% had received their degrees in Canada, 0.5% in the United States, and 10.9% in other countries, or 2,165 doctors from 75 different nations. The average age of doctors in Quebec is 52.4 (50.8 for family physicians and 54 for specialist physicians). Women make up close to 40% of practising physician resources, a number which is holding steady for the moment. The ratio of men to women in medical faculties remains steady, at 64% for women compared with 36% for men. To find out more and for access to the statistical tables, consult the French press release Une bonne cuvée 2009 in the Media section of the Collège Web site.

FUTURE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION IN CANADA COLLECTIVE VISION THE REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE • • •

On January 28, 2010, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) released its report on undergraduate medical education: Future of Medical Education in Canada Collective Vision. Indeed, we told you of this event in the last issue of FMRQ Express. The report is now available on the AFMC Web site. We remind you that the FMRQ took an active part in the work of the committee that drafted the report , on which you were represented by Dr Marie-Andrée Girard, FMRQ treasurer.

IMPORTANT DATES •

Restrictive permit–resident/Moonlighting Deadline for sending your documents to the Collège o o o o o

for the meeting of February 27, 2010: for the meeting of March 18, 2010: for the meeting of April 15, 2010: for the meeting of May 20, 2010: for the meeting of June 15, 2010:

February 2, 2010 March 3, 2010 March 31, 2010 May 5, 2010 May 31, 2010

ALDO-Quebec – Calendar for 2010 (registration required one month prior to training session) February 10 February 23 March 10 March 24 April 6 April 20 May 4 May 18 June 17

University of Montreal University of Montreal University of Montreal Laval University University of Sherbrooke McGill University (English) University of Montreal University of Montreal Laval University

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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. In some cases, 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.

Yann Dazé, 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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