The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec announces the resignation of its President

Montreal, March 3, 2014 – The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) announces the resignation of its President, Dr Gaétan Barrette, effective on the date the election is called in Québec. Dr Barrette has decided to present himself as a candidate for election with the aim of continuing to contribute to improving the public health system. Dr Diane Francœur, currently Vice-President of the Board of Directors, will be replacing Dr Barrette and taking on all the duties of the FMSQ's presidency. On March 20th, the Annual Meeting of the Delegates' Assembly will decide whether to maintain the interim replacement by Dr Francœur until March 2015 – date marking the end of Dr Barrette's current mandate – or to proceed with the immediate election of a new President.

Dr Diane Francœur is an obstetrician and gynecologist as well as an associate clinical professor at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre. She is on her third mandate with the FMSQ's Board of Directors. She was President of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Quebec from 2006 to 2008 and held various positions there since 1995. As Vice-President of the FMSQ's Board of Directors, Dr Francœur sits on every Federation committee and takes an active role on all issues dealing with negotiations, medical manpower and remuneration.

Dr Gaétan Barrette, a radiologist, has been President of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec since November 2006. He began by taking on the mandate of his predecessor and then was elected unanimously four times to the position of President of the Federation. Among his numerous accomplishments at the FMSQ, we should mention the creation of the FMSQ Foundation for the benefit of caregivers, the negotiation of two Framework Agreements (2006-2007 and 2010-2011) and the grand tour of operating rooms resulting in recommendations that were implemented and that significantly improved their functioning.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents more than 9,000 medical specialists certified in one of the 53 recognized medical specialties.