CSSS de la Montagne
5700 Côte des Neiges,
Tel: (514) 731-8531, x2564
Fax: (514) 731-0563
Dr. Vania Jimenez, M.D, Unit Director
Dr. Alexandre Motard, M.D., Undergraduate Education Coordinator
Dr. Teresa Rudkin, M.D., Postgraduate Education Coordinator
Mme. Fella Boudiaf, Secretary
The CSSS de la Montagne has been an accredited Family Practice Unit for postgraduate training in Family Medicine since July 1992. Situated in a Community Health Centre (CSSS) our residents are given a unique opportunity to do their family medicine training in a non-hospital based unit.
The teaching team uses a collegial approach in its training of family practice residents. You will work side by side with all members of the health care team in the community health centre. This interdisciplinary approach to health care will allow you to offer your patients the quality care all of our patients deserve. Each resident is paired with an advisor for the two-year program.
Broadening horizons toward the community
Family Medicine has expanded its area of interest to include not only the individual and the family, but also how the community influences the patient. The individual and his/her family belong to a community defined by culture, language, religious beliefs and geographic territory. It has rapidly become second nature for all family physicians to identify and take into consideration the community to which an individual and his/her family belong. The supervisor reinforces this during the resident’s clinical session. The area serviced by the CSSS de la Montagne includes close to 120,000 patients. This territory is characterized by a wide socio-economic variability. Of particular note is the presence of under-privileged socio-economic groups and a variety of ethnic population (clients of CSSS de la Montagne speak 107 different dialects).
Officially, the CSSS de la Montagne is responsible for the health of the entire population in its sector. This is a legal responsibility given to the CSSS in the Province of Quebec by the government and clearly influences the prqactice of Family Medicine. The Family Medicine Unit offers both an appointment and walk-in service to its patients. Traditionally, walk-in clinics have not fostered continuity of care. However, the clinic sans rendez-vous at the CSSS has become an ideal setting for training Family Medicine residents by focusing on the skills required to function in such a setting while practicing continuity of care for the patients of the CSSS. As a resident you will participate in both the walk-in (SRV) and rendez-vous clinics. In addition, viewing the community as the patient allows the integration of the community medicine and family medicine. The CSSS offers programs that are not available in the hospitals: young families at risk, youths, the elderly, the handicapped and patients discharged from the hospital requiring home care. There are also workers for each of these groups. In defining health objectives the CSSS takes both national objectives and local realities into account.
The CSSS is involved in other community activities
Coordinating social and economic activities with the well-being of certain socio-economic groups at risk, e.g. shelter for under-privileged young families.There is a strong involvement with immigrants and refugees in order to ensure accessibility to the services offered by the CSSS.
The residents at the CSSS de la Montagne will do their hospital rotations at the Jewish General Hospital with the residents from the Herzl Family Practice Centre. In addition, the two programs share the Core Lecture Series , Behavioral Sciences curriculum , Ethic Seminars, the Common Problem Course and have equal access to the AFME (Additional Family Medicine Experience) or mini-electives available at the Herzl (see JGH description). Residents also follow patients at home. For this type of care, they are integrated into the home care team. We offer you the best sites for training in both hospital and ambulatory care!