Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 4 Members

Québec

Members of Council

Eleanor Elstein, MD, FRCPC

Eleanor Elstein, MD, CSPQ, 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.

Members-at-large

Micheline Bégin, MD, FRCPC

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.

Mazen Jundi, MD, FRCSC

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.

Camille Legoux, MD, FRCPC,Montréal, QC

Camille Legoux, MD, FRCPC (Montréal, QC)
Dr. Camille Legoux received her medical degree from McGill University with subsequent specialization in Pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan and Pediatric Emergency at the University of Ottawa. Following her medical training, she pursued an interest in medical education and obtained a Master’s in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. During her Master’s degree, she was involved in teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently works as a pediatric emergency physician at UP centre d'urgences pediatriques in Brossard, where she helped develop the simulation and multidisciplinary teaching rounds curricula. She also works part time in neonatology at Saint Mary’s Hospital and is a clinical educator for rotating residents and medical students from McGill University. She has a passion for medical education and hopes to establish novel and effective ways to teach students.

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.

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Representative — Collège des médecins du Québec

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Thomas Maniatis, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC (Montréal, QC)
Trained in internal medicine at McGill University, Dr. Maniatis has practised medicine at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Royal Victoria Hospital for the past 20 years. From 2016 to 2020, he held the role of Chief of the MUHC General Internal Medicine Service.

Holding a master’s degree in bioethics from McGill University, Dr. Maniatis is particularly interested in the ethical issues surrounding medical assistance in dying and prioritization of access to critical care in a pandemic context. In addition to co-chairing one of the research ethics committees at the MUHC since 2004, he also worked as a clinical ethicist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute from 2002 to 2016.

As an associate professor of medicine at McGill University, he has been the director of the internal medicine residency program for over 13 years. Dr. Maniatis has been a physician consultant for the Medical Education Division at the Collège des médecins du Québec since January 2022.

Since the start of his career, Dr. Maniatis has been driven by a desire to contribute to the bodies that regulate the practice of medicine. An active member of the Royal College, he has been a member of the Council and the ethics committee, as well as Chair for the Specialty Committee in Internal Medicine. From 2013 to 2019, Dr. Maniatis also chaired the Residency Accreditation Committee. A meticulous and pragmatic individual, he has been an external reviewer for the accreditation of numerous residency programs across Canada.

CPD Educator and Representative — Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec

Sam Daniel, MD, FRCSC (Montréal, QC)

Sam Daniel, MD, FRCSC (Montréal, QC)
sam.daniel@mcgill.ca
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

CPD Educator

Valérie Désilets, MD, FRCPC  (Sherbrooke, QC)

Valérie Désilets, MD, FRCPC (Sherbrooke, QC)
cpd-ed4@royalcollege.ca
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

Catherine Lajoie, Université de Montréal
interne@fmeq.ca

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

Gabriel Lavoie, MD (Pointe-Claire, QC)

Gabriel Lavoie, MD (Pointe-Claire, QC)
Dr. Gabriel Lavoie graduated from medical school at the University of Montreal where he is completing his residency in Respirology. He has served as President of the Association des Médecins Résidents de Montréal since June 2021, after serving two terms as Vice-President, union affairs and several other terms during his medical training, including at the Fédération Médicale Étudiante du Québec and Fédération Internationale des Étudiants en Médecine.

He is committed to medical resident’s advocacy in Quebec, particularly their well-being and academic and professional lives.

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Eleanor Elstein, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC
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