History and mission

History and mission

The “Fédération Médicale Étudiante du Québec” or FMEQ was founded in 1974 by the four medical student associations of Quebec, which are the AGÉMUS of Sherbrooke, the MSS of McGill, the RÉMUL of Laval and the AEEMUM of Montreal.


The FMEQ’s primary mission is to represent Quebec’s four medical associations in a single, united voice. It also works to defend and promote collective interests specific to Quebec medical students, most notably through pedagogical, political and social endeavours. It facilitates communication and collaboration between its associations and its members. It establishes partnerships that help provide specific services to its associative and individual members.


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 entities with distinct roles clearly defined by the Federation’s General Guidelines (see section of same name), which are the Congress, the General Council, the Executive Council and the Administrative Council.

What is a member association or associative member and an individual member?

First of all, the terms “member association” and “associative member” are synonyms. They describe an organization that represents 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.

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 the entirety of the 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 mandated with its administration and the management of its internal affairs. As such, it functions to manage the administrative, financial and human resources of the Fédération Médicale Étudiante du Québec. It sees to the adoption of managerial policies, the Federation’s financial state as well as management of salaried workers and partners. The Administrative Council (AC) comprises six administrators as well as three representatives from the Executive Council (EC), whom are all appointed by the way of election 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, in summary, 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 convenes approximately twice a semester, or eight times a year.

What is 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. 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. Congress is also the occasion on which members are elected to the Executive and Administrative Councils for the year to come, as well as when the Federation’s approach to its various implications is discussed. It is Congress’ mandate to decide and vote on all positions representing the opinions and interests of its members, most notably on matters of current affairs affecting medical students in Quebec and elsewhere. Finally, 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 refer to the Federation’s General Guidelines.