The L'OMNI is a brief news bulletin.

 

  • Manpower Shortages in Long-Term Care: Need to Take Action!

    We are currently experiencing a crisis in CHSLDs where over 1,000 beds are/will be lacking medical coverage, and the situation will not improve in the coming months with the resignations announced by many physicians.

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  • Five Months

    We still have 5 months before the end of December, including a few days of well-deserved vacation time for many of us. The registration rate is improving from week to week on the Island of Montreal. As family physicians in Montreal, we are working very hard. As a matter of...

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  • Organization of Health Services: The Deplorable Ministerial Method

    Constraint, authoritarian methods, centralization, coercion, sanctions, absence of dialogue.... These are the words that describe the vision and the modus operandi of the government and the Minister of Health over the past few years. Their actions have led to increasing disarray and disorganization on the ground for physicians who are...

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  • It’s Time for Unity, Not Division

    For several years now, and more during the last two years, general practitioners have been under enormous pressure from the public, the media and politicians to see to it that there is improved access to first line medical services. Several commentators have been pleased to point the finger unfairly at...

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  • Management of Medical Manpower: Reflecting on the Worrisome Power of Social Networks

    As we all know, in order for a society to function smoothly, it is crucial for its members to be well educated, well mannered and well informed. In our digital age, this paradigm is all the more current.

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  • It is time for action, not for words

    Though this year is not over yet, it is already clear that we have experienced major upheaval in 2015.

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  • The Collège’s Position Statement on the role of the family physician: A statement to watch closely!

    Many of you must have noted that in its Winter 2015 revue, the Collège des médecins wanted to find out what the physicians’ thoughts were on the update of its position statement on the role of the family physician. The last statement on this topic from the Collège dates back...

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  • Bill 20: AMOM SAYS “NO”!

    For general practitioners in Québec, November 28, 2014 will remain a date marked by anger and disbelief. On that day, contrary to all expectations, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette, presented Bill 20 in the National Assembly. Since the bill was introduced, we have seen a rare...

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  • Enough is Enough!

    It was not so long ago that I can remember that the profession of family physician in Quebec was greatly appreciated and valued by the general public. People had nothing but respect and positive things to say about the majority of physicians.

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  • Interdisciplinary Work and Politics

    Over a year has passed since Dr. Marc-André Asselin’s editorial in June 2013 in L’OMNI entitled The Consequences of Inaccessibility.

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  • AMOM in 2014

    The November 14, 2013 AMOM Board meeting was Dr. Marc-André Asselin’s last as president of our association. Dr. Asselin had served in this position with diligence and success for 18 years. At this same Board meeting, I was appointed president until the next elections.

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  • It’s time to say “au revoir”!

    On June 20, 2013 I informed the Board of my intention to resign from my position as president of the Association des médecins omnipraticiens de Montréal. My resignation will come into effect at the next Board meeting on November 14, 2013. At the same time, I will be leaving my...

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  • The consequences of inaccessibility

    The greatest challenge facing family physicians in Québec in this second half-century is what solution(s) will be introduced to promote interdisciplinary work. This is a huge challenge. How are we going to position ourselves within these teams and what will be our role?

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  • The Pharmacist for the Whole Family!

    You've seen the ads. They must make you happy! For the past few years, in the wake of Bill 90 on the division of tasks among health professionals, family physicians have jumped into the wide world of collective prescriptions. Intended for pharmacists and nurses, these prescriptions were meant to be...

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  • Change, A Dynamic to be Shared

    Since 2009, the Federation has been involved in a process of modernization and in the organization of practice and the agreement that has governed us for close to 35 years. This agreement was from another era and no longer responded to the realities of the 21st century.

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  • Bill 41

    On December 8, 2011, the National Assembly passed Bill 41 on pharmacy services. The week before, I joined the Federation at the Parliamentary Commission in Quebec City. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Collège des médecins and the various professional orders that were invited, including the Order...

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  • Fifty Years of Medical Unionism and the Practice of Family Medicine

    In 2011 the Association of General Practitioners is celebrating its 50th anniversary. We have mentioned this several times already since the beginning of the year. On April 1, the Association’s Executive organized a special evening attended by all the former members of the AMOM Board at the Maison du Gouverneur...

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  • An approved agreement or no agreement at all!

    We had thought that we would be able to start real negotiations for the renewal of our general agreement at the beginning of the fall. As it turned out, we were only able to have parallel technical discussions while waiting for the government and its 58,000 nurses to conclude their...

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  • Raising the Profile of Family Medicine

    For the past year and half, the Federation and your Association have been focusing on the need to enhance the value of family medicine in Quebec. The lack of succession, the fact that medical students are not interested in our field and that many among our number are choosing the...

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  • Towards a Stronger Regional Union Structure

    In the early 1960s, general practitioners of Quebec developed a highly effective federated system, which was essential and adapted to the many needs of practitioners at the time. The notions of hospitals that were closed to general practitioners, inadequate and unfair remuneration and political control under the ruling of our...

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  • Solidarity is a Must !

    We are just about to reach the starting line! The union conference has come and gone, while the recommendations formulated there are still current. The president of the Federation’s tour is ongoing in all the regions in Quebec and he will be presenting the major orientations that we would like...

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  • Family Medicine Specialty, is Now a Reality

    The idea of making family medicine a specialty has been discussed in many circles, in both Canada and Europe, for several years now. We all agree that the particular approach of family medicine and the scope of the knowledge needed for this discipline make it unique.

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  • We all Share Responsibility for the Success of the Negotiations in 2010

    For the past year, the new Executive of the Federation has been slowly setting the table in preparation for the negotiations in April 2010. The problems remain glaring and several solutions have been identified. All of our partners must demonstrate a firm willingness to settle them, but especially the general...

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  • Enhancing the value of family medicine, a necessity

    Family medicine is going through hard times. Rejected by students in the last two years, 21 and 23% of residency positions were not filled in Quebec in 2006 and 2007 respectively. What’s more, some of ours are now heading to other provinces to complete their training. And this is just...

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  • Physicians nearing retirement, a foreseeable crisis?

    Of the 19 associations affiliated with the FMOQ, AMOM is showing the highest indicators of aging members by far among all the regions in Quebec. While this average hovers around 48 across the province, the average age of male general practitioners here in Montreal is over 55. This is over...

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