A Board of Directors’ take on professionalism

The notion of professionalism is overused. Many reduce it to specific training characterized by skills or the quality of work carried out. However, at the outset, as seen from the Anglophone perspective, it also implied a commitment to society. The medical profession, thanks to the privileges (autonomy, income) that it is granted by society, refers to the latter. The Board members have therefore gone through the exercise of giving you a concrete idea of what professionalism represents for them. 


“I am very aware of the issues related to overdiagnosis and the excessive use of our diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. Professionalism as defined by the QMA resonates with me because it encompasses this societal responsibility of reasonable, meaningful use of our resources for the good of our patients.”

– Dr. Guylène Thériault, Board member


“Like everyone else, it makes me uncomfortable to belong to a profession that has been taken to task so often over the past few years. Participating in this Tour gives me a chance to talk about it with my peers, to make some sense of it and to regain the feeling of vocation that was so clear during my studies, but that may have been lost over the years.”

– Dr. Yun Jen, Outgoing president of the Board


“With the QMA, I can promote a professionalism that I can relate to. A professionalism, inspired by the Anglophone perspective, that goes beyond individual skill, that focuses on what is beneficial for our patient, but also for patients in general. The one cannot exclude the other. Especially in a universal health care system funded by the government and with limited resources. What is given to one person is taken away from another: today’s professionals must incorporate this social responsibility.”

– Dr. Hugo Viens, President of the Board


“The medical profession is constantly changing and we are currently facing some major challenges. In a context where the population’s view of physicians seems to be growing ever more sceptical, a collective professionalism seems to me to be the key for maintaining this valued, basic trust that allows us to practice medicine.”

– Dr. Isabelle Samson, Vice-president of the Board


“This tour allowed me to see that the erosion of the public’s trust in the medical profession has made physicians want to be part of improving the quality and organization of services in order to meet the needs of the population. The challenge lies in finding a way to achieve that.”

– Dr. Vincent Demers, Board member


“The practice of medicine is going through a major transformation. The data flows, scientific progress and new organization methods are shaking up traditional professionalism. The QMA’s tour is a unique opportunity to discuss and compare our experiences in the field. It is up to physicians to renew professionalism in order to regain their place in society, as well as the pleasure of practicing and the desire to get involved.”

– Dr. Michel Welt, Board member