/R E P E A T -- May 27, 2011 - Medical Resident Day - MEDICAL RESIDENTS : AN ESSENTIAL LINK IN ACCESS TO CARE/

MONTREAL, May 25, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - On Friday, May 27, 2011, the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec (FMRQ) will be marking Medical Resident Day, for the 10th year in a row. The purpose of this Day is to raise public awareness of Quebec's medical residents' role within the health care system and acknowledge their unique contribution to fostering access to care across Quebec.

From hospital to clinic, via patients' homes
"Medical residents' work often goes unrecognized by the public," stated FMRQ president, Dr Charles Dussault, "and residents go unnoticed in their workplaces. But," he went on, "residents see and treat patients on a daily basis."

Medical residents work closely with family doctors and specialist physicians, and with nurses and other health professionals, in the settings where they pursue their postgraduate education. They are to be found in each of the 54 specialties recognized by the Collège des médecins du Québec, including family medicine.

"There are medical residents in every region of Quebec, 24 hours a day, working in Emergency, in Intensive Care, on the wards, and in clinics, family medicine units and operating rooms," the FMRQ president pointed out. "Residents in family medicine even make home visits. Medical residents are an integral part of health care teams," Dr Dussault emphasized, "and are an essential link in the health care system for access to care."

Patient care, research and teaching
There are currently close to 3,000 medical residents in Quebec. In addition to delivering care to the public, they teach their fellow medical residents and medical students, and collaborate in research projects in every medical and surgical discipline. They work between 72 and 100 hours a week, and sometimes even longer. "When you're hospitalized or go to Emergency, it's often medical residents who receive you and look after you," Dr Dussault pointed out.

Medical residents, added value, all year round
For Medical Resident Day, activities are planned locally to highlight the event in several establishments, and to make known the work of this important group of health professionals to the public and other health system professionals. But, as usual, most residents will be at work, fulfilling their role vis-à-vis their patients. "This coming May 27, medical residents will be at their posts, as they are every day," stated Dr Dussault. "For the public, and for health system workers, this will be an opportunity to underscore the contribution they make to access to care, all year round."

Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec
The Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec is made up of the four medical residents' associations of the medical faculties of the University of Montreal, McGill University, the University of Sherbrooke and Laval University in Quebec City. It has close to 3,000 members, of whom one quarter are headed for a practice in family medicine. The others are pursuing training in one of the 53 other specialties recognized in Quebec. Of that number, 38% are men and 62% are women. The duration of postgraduate education in family medicine is two years, while for specialized physicians it varies from five to six years, depending on the specialty chosen.


  • List of establishments where medical residents are to be found
  • Medical Resident Day poster



For further information:

  Dr Charles Dussault, President
Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec
Interviews and

  Johanne Carrier, Communications
Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec
514-591-0502 (cell.)
514-751-9983 (pager)
514-282-0256 (office) / 1-800-465-0215

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