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We are delighted to introduce the Web version of the document Legal, Ethical and Organizational Aspects of Medical Practice in Québec (ALDO-Québec). This document has long existed in the form of a 200-page PDF file. To make it easier to consult the different sections and navigate between the topics, we have transformed the document into a Web site in its own right. The user can quickly view the main topics covered with respect to the legal and ethical aspects of medical practice as well as the organization of the health care system in Québec. With this new dynamic site, it will be easy to continuously update and adapt the contents as needed. The last comprehensive revision was completed in 2010; the pages on this site will be revised and updated in the coming months.

Initially, this document was meant for candidates applying for a permit to practice medicine in Québec. Over the years, however, it has become a reference for all physicians practicing in Québec who wish  to round out their knowledge on these topics. Indeed, from 1988 to 2007 for residents in family medicine, and from 1996 to 2007 for residents in a specialty, successful completion of the ALDO examination administered by the Collège des médecins du Québec was necessary to obtain a permit to practice. Since 2007 however, mandatory training sessions on the content of this document have replaced the examination. This is why we wish to keep it up to date.

We believe that the ALDO-Québec document can be thought-provoking for Québec physicians. It will give them a quick grasp of the essentials in the organization of the health care system and the legal and ethical framework of medical practice in Québec. These will also serve as guideposts enabling physicians to better situate themselves and better bear the moral burden of decisions they must make in the interests of their patients.  

We thank all those who have contributed to ALDO-Québec’s ongoing existence and evolution: the editorial committee, the writers, the publishing team and the numerous collaborators who have been with us since the beginning.

Charles Bernard, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Collège des médecins du Québec

2012-12-19