New Residents

Please find hereafter some practical information for new residents as you start your residency.


Professional association membership fees are automatically deducted from residents’ pay by the healthcare establishment which hired them and is associated with the university that admitted each resident to a residency program. This entitles residents to certain services, including defence of the rights provided for in the FMRQ collective agreement. Consequently, this agreement stipulates that each resident must be a member in good standing of the local FMRQ-affiliated association which represents residents in his/her university. You will receive by email the membership application, which must be completed in order to send certain personal details that will be used only to confirm your membership legally, communicate with you or send you information in connection with your residency and the services provided by the FMRQ or your local association, on the basis of your membership status.

Each resident receives an email including the membership application some time before the start of their residency. If you started your residency but did not receive the email in question, you can contact


The training card is issued by the Collège des médecins du Québec, not by the FMRQ. If you have any difficulty obtaining your card, please get in touch with the Collège by calling 514-933-4441 or 1‑888‑MEDECIN.


If you did not receive your ID pin, your lanyard and you pen bearing the FMRQ logo when you began your residency, please contact us at, and we will order one for you.


July 20, 2018

FMRQ New Resident Welcoming Day

 -You will be released to attend this gathering.
 -You will receive an e-mail with more information in the following weeks.

October 5, 2018

Quebec Career Day

Quebec Career Day is being held this year on October 5, 2018 at Montreal’s Palais des congrès convention centre. For further information, please consult the Quebec Career Day microsite

November 24 to December 1, 2018

Annual Family Medicine Conference in Mexico

Information coming soon

February 28, 2019

Outside Quebec Career Day

Information coming soon


Group insurance with La Capitale Insurance

Enrolment in the FMRQ’s group insurance plan is mandatory. A resident may, however, refuse to enrol in the health insurance part, for himself and his dependants, as applicable, provided he proves to the Insurer that he is insured under a group health insurance plan providing similar benefits.

Group insurance comes into effect following one month’s continuous service.

Another important point: the health insurance plan selected by the resident on joining remains in effect throughout residency. You will have the opportunity to reconsider your choice at the start of your third year of residency (R3), during the yearly campaign to that effect each June.

For further information, please consult the La Capitale website.




  1. Do something creative and unrelated to work every day, even if for only 10 minutes.

  2. Imagine yourself at 80, then ask yourself if your current situation will really impact where you’ll be in life at that age.

  3. Don’t abandon your hobbies; residency is not a jail sentence.

  4. Spend time with family and old friends.

  5. Realize you don’t have to please everyone.

  6. The holy trinity of resident daily wellness: sleep some, exercise some, and eat some fruit and vegetables every day.

  7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t wait too long to get it.

  8. Try to be thankful at least once a day.

  9. Talk to yourself as you would talk to your friends; don’t be too harsh on yourself!

  10. Put limits on work.


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