Dr. Cauchon has pursued a versatile career as family medicine clinician, teacher and researcher for over 25 years. Since 1988 he has worked primarily at the Maizerets Family Practice Unit affiliated to the CSSS Québec Nord (Health and Social Services Centre). He has also been a Lecturer (1988-1998), Clinical Professor (1998-2002), and is now Associate Professor (2006-) at the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Université Laval. In 2013, he was awarded the "Family Physician of the Year" prize by the the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
His academic career has been marked by his interest in managing and appraising scientific information and data and integrating it into clinical care. He has developed an online multidisciplinary teaching program in critical appraisal (http://infocritique.fmed.ulaval.ca/Cours/infocritique/index.aspx), now widely accessed by francophone health professionals.
Along with a research team led by Dr. France Légaré, he is especially interested in knowledge transfer using new information and communication technologies. Examples of innovative research projects Dr. Cauchon is involved in include: Reducing use of antibiotics for treating acute respiratory tract infections and judicious use of therapeutic and preventive interventions, in both cases using decision aids based on best available scientific evidence and a shared decision making approach.
Dr. Cauchon has led the organization of many regional and provincial conferences, including Université Laval's Annual Family Medicine Teachers' Forum (2005 to 2013), Université Laval's Annual Pharmacotherapy Day (2010 to 2012) and the first francophone conference on evidence based medicine, entitled "Pratique Médicale: Preuves d'Appui," in 2000.
Since 2005 he has been a member of the INESSS Scientific Committee responsible for registering new medications, (INESSS is Quebec's Institute for Excellence in Health and Social Services). He has also participated in writing many of the INESSS practice guidelines for rational use of medications.
Dr. Cauchon is frequently solicited as a lecturer at continuing professional development congresses, both provincial and national. In addition he has presented over a hundred scientific papers at national and international meetings on a variety of themes such as evidence-based medical practice, the use of technologies for managing clinical information, and shared decision making.
Dr. Cauchon's published articles include 25 that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals. He has also written 40 articles (1997 to 2009) for "Critique et Pratique," a weekly column in the journal Actualité médicale that promotes evidence based medical practice. Since 2010 this column has been published online by the Canadian Medical Association under the title InfoPratique.
He is also a member of the team that created InfoClinique, a medical search engine providing access to evidence-based clinical information (http://infoclinique.fmed.ulaval.ca).
Research grants and awards
Dr. Cauchon has received approximately $500,000 in research grants as co-applicant or collaborator. He has received several university awards for excellence in teaching (2007 and 2011) and received an Honorable Mention from the Quebec Ministry of Education for his distance learning courses and for excellence in teaching.