Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 4 Members
Members of Council
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 (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 (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 (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, B.Sc., MD, FRCPC (Trois-Rivières, Québec)
Before beginning his studies in medicine, Dr. Jundi obtained a Bachelor of Science in the Biochemistry Honours program at McGill University. Subsequently, he began his academic path in medicine by obtaining his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Université de Montréal. He was accepted in the Université de Sherbrooke’s joint urology program in collaboration with McGill University. After graduating, he was recruited by the CIUSSS-MCQ. He practises general urology. Additionally, he is involved in medical education. He is the clinical lecturer at the Université de Montréal’s Mauricie Campus as well as a lecturer at UQTR. He also teaches courses at the preclinical level to medical students. He established the urology section of the operating room nurse training online courses.
Micheline Bégin, MD, FRCPC (Gatineau, QC)
Dr. Micheline Bégin is originally from the municipality of Coleraine, near Thetford Mines, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region of Quebec. She holds a degree in medicine from the Université de Sherbrooke and trained in internal medicine at the Université de Montréal. She practised internal clinical medicine for 10 years in western Québec, in Rouyn-Noranda, where she trained internal medicine students in postdoctoral training from the Université de Montréal. Subsequently, she worked as a clinician in internal medicine at the Centre hospitalier régional de Hull, where she trained doctoral students in internal medicine from McGill University. Later, she became medical advisor at the Medical Expertise Division of the Government of Canada, where she would be called upon as an expert witness for the Crown at the Pensions Appeals Board and later the appeal division of the Social Security Tribunal. She has always demonstrated great interest in retaining medical skills and the future of medical education.
Representative — Collège des médecins du Québec
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)
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
Valérie Désilets, MD, FRCPC (Sherbrooke, QC)
Dr. Désilets practises medical genetics at the CIUSSSE de l’Estrie-CHUS in Sherbrooke. She completed her predoctoral academic training and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Université Laval. More
Representative –Fédération des étudiants en médecine du Québec
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, MD (Montreal, QC)
Dr. Nadia Demko is an anatomical pathology resident at McGill. She is Vice-president of Pedagogical Affairs: Specialty of the Association of Residents of McGill (ARM) and member of the Academic Affairs Committee – Specialties (CAP-S) of the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec (FMRQ). After completing her B.Sc. in Neuroscience with a specialization in neurophysiology and computer sciences, she completed her medical training at McGill between 2014 and 2018, in parallel with a M.Sc. in Sciences (Biomedical Ethics). She focuses on molecular and digital pathology as well as women’s health. She also closely follows the developments of the Association des médecins résidents and medical education. As the co-resident head of her program, she has helped implement changes to the educational program in the context of the pandemic.
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Eleanor Elstein, MD, FRCPC
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