2008 – Quebec

Dr Jean Grégoire, a family doctor from Saint-Simon-les-Mines, Québec, has been in practice for over 28 years. Jean obtained his medical degree from Université Laval in 1980 and between 1981 and 1988, practiced first in Pontiac, Québec, and later in Innulitsivik, an Inuit community near Hudson Bay.

He was certified in Family Medicine in 1988, the same year he moved to his current practice at the Clinique Saint-Georges de Beauce and the Centre hospitalier Beauce-Etchemin where he provides pediatrics, obstetrics and emergency care. Jean’s special clinical interest is maternal and newborn care. This is demonstrated in his patient care as well as his leadership in relevant research, teaching and the organization of perinatal health services in his region. He has been widely published on this subject since 1989.

At the Centre hospitalier Beauce-Etchemin, Jean is involved with various committees and is the coordinator for education with the Université Laval. He was responsible for the planning and evaluation of public health services, particularly related to maternal and infant care in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

In addition to his range of skills, Jean is known for his modesty and empathy and has thereby gained the respect and appreciation of his colleagues and patients. He is the recipient of various awards and is a member of several professional associations, including the Association des omnipracticiens en périnatalité du Québec.

When he is not doing volunteer work for charitable organizations, Jean spends his time with his wife, Marie-Paule Gagnon and daughters, Sophie and Catherine. He enjoys outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, woodworking and building canoes.

“Being a family doctor means going above and beyond the call of duty for your patients and your community. It means navigating in uncertain waters, and managing uncertainty. It means being able to adapt your practice (your treatments) according to the needs of the communities in which we live. And, above all, it means mastering an impressive number of skills in order to feel confident doing so.”

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