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Professor and psychiatrist Fabien Gagnon is a committed member of Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine. Over the course of his career, he has been active on committees and in associations, networks, and groups at the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and has enthusiastically devoted a large part of his career to training competent and caring physicians. He has always been keen to put knowledge into practice, so the public might reap the rewards of his dedication.

A tireless educator

Whether through his extensive medical practice, his senior-level administrative work, or his active participation in professional organizations, Professor Gagnon has worn many hats while remaining fully engaged with his students at Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine. Over the past 30 years he has supervised hundreds of interns and residents in general psychiatry and family medicine at Centre hospitalier de l'Université Laval. He has taught numerous courses in a range of fields, including psychiatric assessment, classification of psychiatric disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, psychopharmacology, and forensic medicine. He has also mentored graduates of the School of Psychology. His teaching skills have been recognized by health associations and professional orders and he has provided continuing education to family physicians, general psychiatrists, forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, and specialized nurse practitioners. His passion for teaching is so deep that even in retirement he continues to teach as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Medicine.

As director of the Psychiatry Residency Program, director of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, and director of student affairs, Professor Gagnon was committed to making a meaningful contribution to education at the Faculty of Medicine. He served on key faculty and university committees, including chairing the Faculty of Medicine's clinical faculty nominations and promotions committee from 2007 to 2018, and sitting on the University Council from 2007 to 2014. His commitment to the medical profession also extended beyond Université Laval. He was deeply involved with the Canadian Psychiatric Association, serving on the Canadian residency program directors committee and the university department chair committee.

Fabien Gagnon enjoys a stellar reputation among his colleagues across North America. He is frequently invited by different groups and organizations to speak on a variety of critical health issues. He has given talks to numerous scientific organizations, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Québec and Eastern Canada Branch of the American Psychiatric Association, the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Conseil médical du Québec, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and Association des médecins psychiatres du Québec. His outstanding contribution to the development of family medicine, psychosomatic medicine, general psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry has been recognized over the years with an abundance of prestigious nominations, awards, and honours.

Dedicated educator of the next generation, supportive mentor, seasoned manager, champion of progress, advocate for professional ethics and social justice, and tireless physician focused on improving care and services for the public: Professor Gagnon's many roles have made a decisive impact on generations of researchers and clinicians. His unwavering commitment to his work has helped foster Université Laval's sterling reputation.