McGill Primary Care Policy Symposium:
Toward a Common Vision for Primary Care in Quebec

In partnership with the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, St. Mary's Research Centre, McGill Faculty of Medicine, and RUIS McGill, the McGill Department of Family Medicine will be hosting a primary care policy symposium, a full-day event that will engage the public including patients, health care professionals, health system managers and key decision makers in a discussion on key ideas and strategies that should underpin the future of primary care in Quebec. The symposium will emphasize audience engagement with invited guests from Quebec, Canada, and internationally, drawing upon the best available knowledge and critical thinking towards the improvement of primary care in Quebec. The objective of the symposium is to contribute to the development of a comprehensive vision and roadmap for primary care in Quebec.  

For this activity, we have received 7.25 CME study credits from McGill University, Office for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which sponsors continuing medical education for physicians. The Office for CPD McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME). 
This seminar is also accredited by a recognized provider for 6.75 hours of continuing legal education (Faculty of Law, McGill University).


  • Howard Bergman - Chair, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
  • Daniel Weinstock - Director, McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy
  • Susan Law - Principal Scientist, St. Mary's Research Centre
  • Samuel Benaroya - Associate Vice-Principal and Vice-Dean Health Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
  • Rita Ziade - Program Manager, RUIS McGill
  • Susan Usher - Director, Health Innovation Forum and Co-Chair MUHC-ISAI  
  • Rachel Simmons - Research Assistant, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University


The McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP)
The IHSP conducts and supports world-class research on how social conditions impact the health, well-being and resilience of people and communities, and leads programs designed to translate research findings into policies and programs on local, provincial, national and global scales. The Institute is committed to building collaborations with policymakers, communities and researchers to effectively move evidence to policy.

St. Mary's Research Center
St. Mary's Hospital Center is a medium-sized community-based, McGill-affiliated hospital in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montreal. St. Mary's Research Center aims to create a leading health services research and teaching facility in col­laboration with McGill and other scientific and health­care delivery organizations.

In an area spanning 63 per cent of the territory of the province of Quebec – and which includes 7 different regional authorities, 1 University Hospital Centre, 2 CIUSSS, 3 CISSS and three other health centres – RUIS McGill works to offer better access to health care for a population of 1.8 million. Within the regions of its territorial responsibility, McGill University’s Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé (RUIS) supports health care delivery, teaching, research and technology assessment.

McGill Faculty of Medicine

Founded in 1829, the McGill Faculty of Medicine was the first faculty established at the University and the first medical faculty in Canada. Today, McGill is the leading medical research university nationally, and is renowned for its excellence in the health sciences worldwide. In addition to the School of Medicine, over 80 departments, institutes and centers, the Faculty encompasses three allied health sciences schools: Nursing, Physical & Occupational Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

McGill Faculty of Dentistry 

The Faculty of Dentistry is committed to maintaining a leadership role in oral health education, in scientific research and in the promotion of oral health and quality of life in the whole population, with an emphasis on the needs of under-served communities and individuals. Their diverse programs work synergistically, ensuring that every aspect of teaching, research and outreach mission offer excellence in teaching, learning and care.

Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University

The Ingram School of Nursing has been a pioneer in nursing education, research and practice since its founding in 1920. It is recognized internationally for the excellence and rigour of its academic programs and for the impressive contributions made by graduates and faculty to the development of the nursing profession and the delivery of health care.

Support for this symposium has also been provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, through the Planning and Dissemination - Institute Community Support grant, and the Québec College of Family Physicians.