The Colloque médical étudiant du Québec: first edition a resounding success!

    MONTREAL, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Québec Medical Association (QMA) is
pleased to report that the first Colloque médical étudiant du Québec (CMEQ),
which was held in Montréal on Saturday, January 19, was a resounding success.
More than 230 students registered for the Colloquium, which was organized by
the Student Group of the Québec Medical Association. The Colloquium covered
financial aspects of the health system, Québec physicians and social and
international responsibility, as well as the issue of electronic health
    "We are proud of the work the QMA Student Group has done in coming up
with the idea for this colloquium. The Student Group showed real leadership by
inviting eight well-known speakers to address topics that are crucial for the
future of medicine in Québec and around the world. The interest shown by
medical students in managing the changes the medical profession now faces
demonstrates that the new generation is ready to take up the challenges that
await it," noted QMA President Dr Jean-Bernard Trudeau.
    "The CMEQ Organizing Committee feels that this experience has been very
positive overall," added Jimmy Bejjani, President of the QMA Student Group.
"Our main objective was to provide the student community with an information
session and an opportunity to focus on and discuss the issues of the day in
health, as well as the future of medical practice. The interest shown by
participants and the quality of the talks leads us to believe that it is
"mission accomplished"! The new generation of doctors is eager to get involved
and contribute to the major changes ahead in the profession."
    At the Colloquium, Drs Pierre Blanchard and Stephen Rosenthal, consulting
physicians with the Minister of Health and Social Services of Québec,
discussed the issue of electronic medical records and electronic health
records, two technologies that have yet to be implemented. Mr Michel Venne,
Vice President of the Groupe de travail Castonguay and Director of the
Institut du Nouveau Monde, talked about financing of the Québec health care
system. Dr Vincent Echavé, a Member of the Board of Directors of Médecins Sans
Frontières, presented his own experience and discussed possible ways
physicians in Québec can become involved. Other speakers included Drs Réjean
Thomas, Amir Khadir, Serge Dulude, and François-Pierre Gladu.

    About the Student Group of the Québec Medical Association (QMA)

    The QMA Student Group brings together student members from all four
medical faculties, namely Université de Montréal, McGill University,
Université de Sherbrooke and Université Laval. The main objectives of the CMEQ
(, which was founded by the Student Group, are to inform the
student population of the burning issues in health care and the future of
medical practice, facilitate discussion, and meet expressed needs by holding

    About the Québec Medical Association (

    The Québec Medical Association (QMA) is a professional association made
up of more than 9,000 general practitioners, specialists, residents and
medical students. Its mission is to mobilize and support Québec physicians in
order to guarantee quality health services for the Québec population.

    For your information, audio and video documents of the event in MP3,
Flash and MP4 (500 X 280 pixels) - have been prepared. These capsules show the
speakers and summarize the content of the topics and issues on the agenda.
Should you wish to re-use these documents, in whole or in part, you may do so
provided you cite the source. If needed, we could also send you some HD video
documents (MPEG, 1280 X 720 pixels). Please notify us if you do so.

    The following link can be used to access the various documents:

For further information:

For further information: Véronique Arsenault, Morin Public Relations,
(514) 289-8688, extension 227, Cellular: (514) 923-9371,; Source: Québec Medical Association (QMA)

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