April 12, 2011 – Media Invitation : AMQ Annual Convention


Transform medical practice …. or transform the system?

Montréal, April 12, 2011 – The Québec Medical Association (QMA) is inviting media representatives to its annual convention on April 15 and 16 at the Hôtel Mortagne in Boucherville.

By bringing together physicians, and health care and medical industry professionals, the convention aims to take a look at concrete solutions to better meet the challenges of transforming our health care system and our ways of doing things.

The Vancouver and Cleveland missions

Dr. Alain Larouche will start things off by disclosing the results of the QMA’s fact-finding and observation missions to Vancouver and Cleveland, Ohio, in the last few weeks. These missions are a true first because they brought together more than 25 professionals from different health care areas, including 13 physicians in clinical practice. The objective was to find solutions for one of the major issues in health care: chronic diseases.

Compensation: a lever for change?

The debate about compensation as a lever for transformation is certain to be engaging with panellists who are as passionate as Dr. Gaétan Barrette, Dr. Louis Godin, Dr. Amir Khadir, Dr. Claude St-Laurent and Léonard Aucoin, an expert consultant in health care. These panellists will voice their observations on payment mechanisms after the conference on British Columbia’s experience with compensation, given by Dr. Jean Clarke.

Medicine of the future: a leading expert shares his thoughts!

The QMA is proud to welcome celebrated American lecturer, Thomas Goetz, editor of Wired Magazine. An eloquent speaker and veritable leader when it comes to medicine in the future, his ideas and how he approaches them are like a breath of fresh air. An author, a journalist for over 15 years, and a public health specialist, Thomas Goetz is said to write about health in the future with more foresight than anyone.

He is especially interested in how information technologies can help health care evolve and in the importance of decisions we make when it comes to our own health. He recommends participative health care management whereby patients play an active part in monitoring the status of their own health.

For an overview of the “Goetz phenomenon”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCGlWQnzDVE


New QMA president

On the second day of the convention, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), will present the results of an extensive consultation piloted by physicians across Canada for three years, focused on making the necessary transformations to the Canadian health care system.

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Yves Bolduc, will give a speech at about 11 a.m. At the end of the afternoon, the QMA  will announce the physician who will become chairman of the Board of Directors at the end of its annual general meeting.

Convention Highlights

Friday, April 15

8:30 am

Report of the fact-finding and observation missions on the use of information technologies (about 8:45 am), and the interactions between professionals and patients (about 10:30 am)

1:30 pm

The compensation experience in British Columbia, presented by Dr. Jean Clarke, followed by a debate hosted by Marie Grégoire, with Dr. Gaétan Barrette, Dr. Louis Godin, Dr. Amir Khadir, Dr. Claude St-Laurent and Léonard Aucoin

4:00 pm

The medicine of tomorrow, with Thomas Goetz


Saturday, April 16

8:30 am

Presentation of the project to transform the Canadian health care system, followed by a discussion between Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, President of the CMA, and the members of the Clair, Ménard, and Rochon commissions

11:00 am

Speech by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Yves Bolduc


Check list

What: QMA’s annual convention 

Who: President of the QMA, Dr. Jean-François Lajoie, and possibility of interviews with other speakers, including Thomas Goetz

When: Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2011

Where: Hôtel Mortagne, 1228 Nobel, Boucherville

For more information about the convention program, visit www.amq.ca.


Steven Ross

Morin Relations Publiques

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