March 13 2020

COVID-19: Challenges for Resident Doctors

As you know, the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves very rapidly. We are doing all we can to keep you abreast of recent developments as quickly as possible. In this context, in the coming days, we will prioritize email communication. Rest assured that we are in close contact with the MSSS, your faculties and our partners.

March 06 2020

FMRQ labour tribunal victory: Female resident doctors are indeed entitled to preventive removal

In its ruling handed down on February 24, 2020, Quebec’s labour tribunal (TAT, or Tribunal administratif du travail) confirmed that female resident doctors are entitled to preventive removal. In its judgment, the TAT stated the self-evident fact—which strangely appeared to have been unclear to the first-tier decision-makers of the CNESST, Quebec’s labour standards and workmen’s compensation board—that female resident doctors are workers within the meaning of the Act respecting occupational health and safety, and are therefore eligible for the “For A Safe Maternity Experience” program, which provides access to the benefits provided for in the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases. This ruling therefore confirms the rights of women who choose to have children during their residency. Although it is somewhat absurd that the FMRQ should have had to go to court on this issue to defend our members’ self-evident rights, we are proud to highlight this victory on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day.

January 31 2020

Excelsior Awards, Rewarding Resident Doctors' Engagement

The 2020 Excelsior Awards nomination period is now open. You are invited to nominate yourself, or a fellow resident doctor. The Excelsior Awards serve to highlight the involvement of a resident doctor in an innovative project. This project must contribute directly or indirectly to the resident doctors and/or the community.


January 17 2020

Research projects : Receive as Much as $ 10 000

Resident Doctors are invited to submit a research project on postgraduate medical education. 

December 12 2019

Discriminatory Hiring Practices: FMRQ Files Lawsuit Against Health Ministry

In June 2019, some 28% of resident doctors surveyed stated that they had been asked questions in a hiring interview as to whether they intended to have children. In 2016, this figure had been much the same. Despite much lobbying of healthcare establishments and the government since 2016, nothing has changed. To have this practice cease, and in view of government inaction, we have filed an action in Quebec Superior Court against the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) and the Attorney General of Quebec on behalf of all resident doctors who have been the victims of this discriminatory practice.

July 09 2019

Our thanks to the 2018-2019 Board

Thank you to the Board members who moved Federation-wide matters forward in 2018-2019, thus helping raise the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec’s profile in both the healthcare system and the medical faculties.

May 07 2019

Excelsior Awards: Congratulations to our 2019 recipients!

On May 3, 2019, the FMRQ revealed the names of the recipients of the 2019 Excelsior Awards, in the context of Medical Resident Day. The Excelsior Awards are intended to underscore medical residents’ involvement in original, innovative projects, initiated by them or to which they have contributed significantly, which meet a need among residents and/or the community at large, in that they contribute, directly or indirectly, to enhancing resident and community wellness.

December 27 2018

Interpretation Guide to the 2015-2021 Collective Agreement

We invite you to consult The Interpretation Guide to the FMRQ 2015-2021 Collective Agreement which is now posted on our website. We remind you that, for any questions concerning your work conditions, you may also get in touch with the FMRQ directly by calling 514-282-0256 or 1-800-465-0215, or emailing

December 26 2018

Competence by Design (CBD)

The Royal College is continuing to integrate the various training programs into the competency-based approach, or Competence by Design. Already, eight programs have been following the CBD model since July 1, 2018. Last year, the FMRQ had published a report on the impact of CBD on Quebec’s medical residents, based on semi-structured interviews conducted on two of these programs. Early in 2019, the FMRQ will be polling medical residents registered in CBD in the eight programs concerned, to see whether our recommendations have been taken into consideration and identify any issues that still deserve attention from us and the other stakeholders concerned.

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