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Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 4 Members


Members of Council

Eleanor Elstein, MD, FRCPC

Eleanor Elstein, MD, FRCPC (Montréal, QC)
Chair of Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 4

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Dr. Elstein received her MD from the Université de Montréal and trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at McGill University. She completed a research fellowship in molecular cardiology at the University of Toronto Center for Cardiovascular Research. While in Toronto she also completed clinical fellowships in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and in echocardiography. Dr. Elstein is an associate physician at the McGill University Health Centre. She is actively involved in general cardiology and is Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic for Inherited Cardiomyopathies. Her clinical research is primarily in the area of familial cardiomyopathies. More

Gaétan Brochu, BSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Gaétan Brochu, BSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS (Québec, QC)
Dr. Gaétan Brochu is native of Inverness, Québec. He is a General Surgeon at the CHU de Québec and a Professor of Surgery at Université Laval.

Dr. Brochu received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Université Laval in 1980. He did graduate studies in physical chemistry at McGill University in Montreal, QC He received his medical degree from Université Laval and completed his surgery training at the Université Laval with rotations in Boston, USA, and Montreal. He did a travelling scholarship in gastric surgery at the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo, Japan. He became a member of the Royal College in 1997 and since 2002 has been active with the Royal College on the General Surgery Examination Board, where he was the chair for five years.


Félix Pageau, MD, FRCPC

Félix Pageau, MD, FRCPC (Québec, QC)
Dr. Félix Pageau attended medical school at the Université de Montréal from 2007 to 2012. He subsequently completed his residency in internal medicine and geriatric medicine at the Université Laval, in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Dr. Pageau is a researcher at the Centre d'excellence sur le vieillissement de Québec (CEVQ), member of the Comité national d’éthique sur le vieillissement (CNEV), the Institut de consultation et de recherche en éthique et en droit (ICRED), the Institut sur le vieillissement et la participation sociale des aînés (IVPSA) and the Institut d'éthique appliquée (IDEA). In May 2020, Dr. Pageau completed a master's degree in philosophy with a thesis in ethics applied to geriatric medicine. This young doctor had the opportunity to study as a fellow at the prestigious Maclean Center for Medical and Clinical Ethics in Chicago between 2016 and 2017. He is currently an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Medical Bioethics at the University of Basel in Switzerland, where he is completing further training in geriatric research and ethics. He has been a member of the Royal College Regional Advisory Committee for Region 4 for several years. He contributed first as a rural internist, then as a geriatrician and researcher.

Julie Tousignant, MD, FRCSC

Julie Tousignant, MD, FRCSC (Chicoutimi, QC)
Dr. Julie Tousignant completed her medical degree at the Université Laval and trained in general surgery at the Université de Montréal, where she graduated in 2002. She is currently a general surgeon at the CIUSSS Saguenay-Lac St-Jean, where she has been responsible for postgraduate education in general surgery for almost two decades. She is a clinical teacher at the Université de Sherbrooke and in charge of the first-year undergraduate education in a distributed medical training program in Saguenay. She has been a CPD committee member at the Association Québécoise de Chirurgie for many years, and is also a management committee member at the Association Canadiennes des Chirurgiens Généraux where she acts as a Quebec representative and chair of the workforce committee. She is also part of a team responsible for the continuum of care in general surgery at the Magdalen Islands, where she is from. She is a member of the Royal College Regional Advisory Committee for Region 4.

Mazen Jundi, MD, FRCSC

Mazen Jundi, MD, FRCSC (Trois-Rivières, QC)

Micheline Bégin, MD, FRCPC

Micheline Bégin, MD, FRCPC (Gatineau, QC)

Representative — Collège des médecins du Québec

Louise Samson, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC (Montréal, QC)

Louise Samson, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC (Montréal, QC)
Louise Samson, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC, is Assistant Director, Medical Education Division at the Collège des médecins du Québec since September 2013.

She obtained her MD at Université de Sherbrooke in 1978 and completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Université de Montreal from 1979 to 1983. She began her career in 1983 at CHUS (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke), then became a professor at Université de Montreal from 1986 to 2013. Her expertise mainly concerns thoracic imaging. She rapidly got involved in medical education and, little by little, occupied leadership roles (Program Director, member of Medical Education Research and Development Unit, President of Undergraduate Medical Education Committee, Acting Director of Radiology Department and member of several faculty committees).

During 25 years, she participated in numerous activities of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (member of several committees, President of the Board of Examiners, Diagnostic Radiology, Vice‐President CPD section at the time of implementation of the Maintenance of Certification program) and became President in 2006.

She implemented certain educational transformations, among which the Radiology OSCE in 1990 (Royal College), problem‐based learning in 1992 (Université de Montreal) and competency‐based learning in 2006 (Université de Montreal). She obtained several recognition awards (Bernadette Nogrady (SCFR), Best Teacher at CHUS, Université de Montreal, CHUM (Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montreal), AMQ (Association médicale du Québec) and the Canadian Association of Radiologists’ Gold Medal in 2012.

CPD Educator and Representative — Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec

Sam Daniel, MD, FRCSC (Montréal, QC)

Sam Daniel, MD, FRCSC (Montréal, QC)
Dr. Sam Daniel received his medical degree from McGill University and completed his postgraduate training in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the McGill University Health Center. Following this, he completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children. More

Representative –Fédération des étudiants en médecine du Québec

Catherine Lajoie

Catherine Lajoie, Université de Montréal

Catherine Lajoie has been president of the Fédération des étudiants en médecine du Québec since July 2020, and as such is a member of numerous provincial and national committees.

She received her Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the Université de Sherbrooke. During her undergraduate studies, she completed fellowships in legal services at VIA Rail Canada and in tax litigation at PwC Law. She pursued with a medical degree at the Université de Montréal. While studying medicine, she served as a representative for prep year before becoming president of the medical student association at the Université de Montréal for two consecutive years. She is currently enrolled in a summer program called Women’s Leadership Program at the Yale School of Management.

Her interests are in medical student advocacy, especially in the advancement of medical pedagogy. She is starting her mandate at the Regional Advisory Committee for Region 4 and the Fellowship Affairs Committee with great enthusiasm as the spokesperson for medical students from Quebec.

Representative – Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec

Nadia Demko

Nadia Demko, MD (Montreal, QC)

University Representative

To be confirmed

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