Decision-making Structure

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec is an umbrella organization, composed of 35 affiliated medical associations. Each medical specialist, member of the FMSQ, is a member of one of these affiliated medical associations.

The FMSQ is divided into two types of entity: decision-making bodies and advisory bodies. Decisions are implemented at its head office, where personnel of the FMSQ and the affiliated medical associations are employed.


Decision-making Bodies

Delegates' Assembly

The highest decisional authority is the Delegates' Assembly. Composed of representatives from the 35 affiliated associations, the Delegates' Assembly elects the Federation's Board of Directors, approves Federation policies and its general philosophy, and approves budgets.

Board of Directors

Elected by the Delegate's Assembly, members of the Board of Directors defines the Federation's general philosophy and decides on negotiating strategies.

The Board is composed of nine members: a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and five counsellors, one of whom represents the intermediate regions and another, the outlying regions.

Advisory Bodies

Presidents' Commission

Composed of presidents from each of the medical associations affiliated with the FMSQ, the Presidents' Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors. Its mandate is to counsel and give its opinion on the various matters under consideration.


A number of committees have been set up by the FMSQ to work on the organization's priorities and issues. The Federation is also active on dozens of committees and advisory groups dealing with the organization, administration, medical staffing management, conditions of practice and other aspects of the health field. 


Head Office

The FMSQ's Head Office is responsible for ensuring the implementation of all federation decisions and the sound management of the organization. Located in Montreal, it employs some 40 individuals who work in seven dectorates.