THE 2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Christian Campagna, MD, FRCPC
Dr Christian Campagna is a resident in Gerontology at the University of Sherbrooke, and this year begins his fifth year on the FMRQ Board and his first as Federation President. Over the past few years, he has been directly involved in all the FMRQ’s major issues, particularly the renegotiation of our collective agreement, and medical education matters, in which the Federation is increasingly involved Canada-wide. He has represented the Federation with tenacity and respect, and will continue in that vein in this pivotal year for the FMRQ: it is essential that our reality and our vision of the healthcare system be better understood and taken into account not only by partner organizations, but also by Quebecers as a whole.
Valérie Massey, MD
Dr Valérie Massey is currently an R5 in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the University of Montreal, where she also earned her MD and completed her Internal Medicine core curriculum. She has been involved since she started university, and was class president for two years. During residency, she has been chief resident, representative on different program committees, AMRM delegate for three years, and Vice-President, Physician Resources last year. This varied engagement has deepened her knowledge of the issues concerning residents, particularly that of physician resources. Through her involvement with the Federation, she hopes to be able to smooth medical residents’ way, both in terms of compliance with their work conditions and to facilitate the process of obtaining PEMs/PREMs. She is starting her first mandate on the FMRQ Board with motivation and enthusiasm.
Julien Dallaire, MD
Dr Julien Dallaire received his MD from the University of Sherbrooke, where he is currently an R4 in ENT/Head & Neck Surgery. While working on his MD, he was President of the University of Sherbrooke medical student association and Executive Vice-President of the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec, where he handled public relations in particular. Through his involvement with the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and the Negotiating Committee for the 2015-2021 collective agreement, he developed a strong interest in the organization of the healthcare system and its impact on residents’ lives. Driven to ensure the Federation’s health as an organization, and to support his fellow directors in carrying out their plans, he is starting his third year on the FMRQ Board.
Samuel Bergeron, MD
Director from AMRM
Dr Samuel Bergeron received his MD from the University of Montreal, Mauricie Campus, in 2018, and is currently an R2 in Internal Medicine at UofM. During his undergraduate medical studies, he held positions with the University of Montreal’s medical student association, AÉÉMUM, as Treasurer and Vice-President for External Affairs. He continued with the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), where he was notably Delegate for Internal Affairs and then President in 2017-2018. In that capacity, he was involved with the Collège des médecins du Québec, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), CaRMS, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and, recently, the FMRQ’s Academic Affairs Committee – Specialties. On the strength of this experience gained over the past few years, he was just recently elected President of the Association des médecins résidents de Montréal. He is very enthusiastic in his intention to defend his colleagues’ interests, particularly with respect to issues of wellness, education reform (with Competence by Design), and transparency at the Federation.
Annick Bérard-Giasson, MD
Director from ARM
Dr Bérard-Giasson received her MD from the University of Sherbrooke in 2017, and is currently an R2 in Anesthesiology at McGill University. In 2018-2019, she was a delegate for McGill programs. For 2019-2020, she is President of the Association of Residents of McGill (ARM), and will sit on the FMRQ Board as director from an affiliated association. Building on her prior experience, she is beginning her mandate with enthusiasm, and hopes to be actively engaged with Federation-wide issues, facilitating the transition of postgraduate education programs to Competence by Design, and helping ensure a healthy work environment conducive to learning for all.
Stéphanie Dufour, MD
Director from AMReQ
Dr Stéphanie Dufour earned her MD and Master of Surgery from McGill University in 2016, and is currently an R4 in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Laval University. From the start of her residency, she was involved with the Association des médecins résidents de Québec (AMReQ) as a delegate, and for the past two years sat on the Academic Affairs Committee – Specialties. In February 2019, she was elected medical resident member on Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In July 2019, she was elected President of AMReQ, and in 2019-2020 will sit on the FMRQ Board as director from AMReQ. Her knowledge of postgraduate medical education and her current involvement will be a definite asset in allowing her to fulfil her role as director with dedication, and to put her skills to work for enhancing residents’ training.
Eric Guimond, MD
Director from AMReS
Dr Eric Guimond earned his MD in 2017 from the University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke Campus. He is currently an R3 in Anesthesiology at the University of Sherbrooke Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. In 2017-2018, he served on the Federation Board as AMReS Vice-President, Physician Resources, and sat on the FMRQ’s Physician Resource Planning Committee (CPEM). Since the beginning of 2018-2019, he has been President of the Association des médecins résidents de Sherbrooke (AMReS), and Director from an affiliated association (AMReS) on the Federation Board. Building on his experience acquired over many years of involvement, he intends to contribute actively to the analysis of Federation-wide issues, and to the management of issues on the FMRQ Board of Directors. He is particularly engaged in the issue of Competence by Design, having himself been part of the first cohort of medical residents in Anesthesiology to experience it, in July 2017.
Olivier Fortin, MD
Director responsible for Academic Affairs – Specialties
Dr Olivier Fortin completed his MD at the University of Montreal, and is currently an R3 in Pediatric Neurology at McGill University. Passionate about medical education and university policy, he was involved during his undergraduate medical studies with the University of Montreal’s medical student association, AÉÉMUM, then with the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), as Delegate for Academic Affairs. Sustaining his momentum on starting residency, he joined the Association of Residents of McGill (ARM) as a delegate, then as its representative on the FMRQ’s Academic Affairs Committee – Specialties. During these many years of involvement, he has become familiar with the various bodies governing the complex world of postgraduate medical education, both locally, provincially and nationally. With great enthusiasm and high motivation, he has joined the FMRQ Board as Director responsible for Academic Affairs – Specialties. His priority this year will be to pursue continuous improvement of training quality in non-FM specialty residency programs in Quebec, particularly with respect to accreditation processes and the transition to Competence by Design (CBD), for the benefit of the FMRQ’s members, Quebec medical residents.
Dany Afram, MD
Director responsible for Academic Affairs – Family Medicine
Dr Dany Afram earned an undergraduate degree in law (LLB) followed by a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Sherbrooke, before practising corporate law for three years. Switching to medicine, he then completed his MD at Laval University, and is currently an R2 in Family Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke. After founding a charity for Syrian refugees, he got involved in student life by serving as Vice-President for Academic Affairs – Family Medicine with the Association des médecins résidents de Sherbrooke (AMReS), which earned him a seat on the FMRQ’s Academic Affairs Committee – Family Medicine (CAP-MF). With this experience behind him, he is starting this year as Director responsible for Academic Affairs – Family Medicine and CAP-MF chairperson with the goals of ensuring continuous improvement in the process for awarding PREMs and the day-to-day academic experience of family medicine residency, and continuing to promote and raise the profile of family medicine.
Alex Vignola, MD
Director responsible for Union Affairs
Dr Alex Vignola received his MD from the University of Montreal, Mauricie Campus, in 2016. He is currently an R3 in the Internal Medicine core curriculum at the University of Sherbrooke, following a year in family medicine at the University of Montreal, when he first got involved as an AMRM delegate. He then went on for two years at the AMReS as Vice-President for Union Affairs, being primarily responsible for local mobilization during negotiations for the collective agreement, and for promoting the agreement. With the experience gained during his many prior involvements, he intends to continue defending medical residents’ interests across Quebec and making known and applying the collective agreement in all healthcare establishments. He will be taking on his role as FMRQ director with enthusiasm, and taking over responsibility for Union Affairs at the Federation-wide level, with the same concern for working for the wellness of medical residents throughout Quebec.
Me Patrice Savignac Dufour
Patrice Savignac Dufour, Executive Director of the FMRQ, has been with the Federation since 2013, previously holding in turn the positions of Director, Legal Affairs and Deputy Executive Director. A manager and lawyer by training, Me Savignac Dufour worked for nearly 25 years as an executive, advisor, attorney or director with different socio-political and labour union groups. A member of the Quebec Bar, he holds a postgraduate diploma in management from HEC Montréal. Since arriving at the FMRQ, he has reorganized the Federation’s departments so as to meet members’ expectations as closely as possible.