Who is the FMEQ?
The Fédération Médicale Étudiante du Quebec is the entity that represents the voice of the four medical associations of Quebec in order to serve and promote the interests of all of its members, which include over 3900 medical students throughout the province. To be more effective, the FMEQ has a highly defined organizational layout. In sum, it consists of four decision-making committees with distinct roles clearly defined by the Federation’s General Regulations, which are the Congress, the General Council, the Executive Council and the Administrative Council.
What is a member association or associative member and what is an individual member?
First of all, the terms “member association” and “associative member” are synonymous. They are organizations that represent students enrolled in a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program. In Quebec, there are four medical faculties, which each have their own recognized association:
1. McGill University’s MSS;
2. Université Laval’s RÉMUL;
3. Université de Montréal’s AEEMUM;
4. Université de Sherbrooke’s AGÉMUS.
5. An individual member is a student represented by a member association (see above) who is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program or its preparatory year in a Quebec university.
What is the Executive Council?
The Executive Council of the FMEQ is the executive body of the Federation. It is responsible for the administration of the Federation’s day-to-day operations and for the execution of mandates issued by its other branches. It must report to Congress annually and to the General Council bimonthly, in order to keep its associative members in touch with active dossiers and other ongoing projects. The Executive Council is the official representative body of all FMEQ’s members and is composed of nine individual representatives elected at the annual Congress.
For further details, consult the Executive Council’s page.
What is the Administrative Council?
The Administrative Council is the body of the FMEQ that is in charge of its administration and the management of its internal affairs. Its function is to manage the administration, financial and human resources of the FMEQ. It sees to the adoption of internal policies, the Federation’s financial state as well as management of salaried workers and partners. The Administrative Council (AC) has eight administrators as well as three representatives from the Executive Council (EC), who are all elected at the annual Congress.
For further details, consult the Administrative Council’s page.
What is the General Council?
The General Council (GC) of the FMEQ is the Federation’s follow-up body. It is responsible for overseeing the proper application of the FMEQ’s mission throughout the year. The GC is composed of two officials appointed by each of the four member associations of the FMEQ, as well as the nine officials of the Executive Council (EC). It is the body in which policy stances are taken throughout the year and it oversees the work of the EC. The General Council meets approximately twice a semester, or four times a year.
What is the Congress?
The Congress of the FMEQ is the Federation’s governing body. It is composed of the Executive Council, the Administrative Council and four appointees from each of the four member associations of the FMEQ. The Congress convenes annually, usually early in the month of May, in order to present the progress and advancements made to the Executive Council’s active dossiers throughout the year. The Annual Congress is the occasion on which members are elected to the Executive and Administrative Councils for the year to come. The Federation also discusses its various implications and presents its strategic plan for the coming years. It is Congress’ mandate to decide and vote on all positions representing the opinions and the interests of its members, most notably on matters of current affairs affecting medical students in Quebec and elsewhere. Finally, the Congress is responsible for outlining the mandates of the three other bodies of the Federation, namely the Administrative, General and Executive Councils.
For further information please refer to the Federation’s General Regulations.