Author Archives: Michelle Veer

Certificate of Added Competence in Palliative Care (Update Feb 2017)

The credentialing phase for the first CAC in palliative care, in which those members who had obtained added competence prior to 2015 were recognized, has ended. It was a one-time opportunity that closed in November 2015.

At this time, the only way to obtain a CAC in palliative care is through the successful completion of an accredited enhanced skills residency program.

The CFPC is currently working on outlining the requirements and application and assessment processes for the practice eligible route for CACs. We expect to have more concrete details about this new route available by the middle of 2017. All updates wibe posted on the CFPC website as they become available.

CSPCP Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference

Date: June 1-3, 2017
City: Edmonton, AB
Theme: Compassion, Innovation, Collaboration … Making a Difference

Join us for 2 ½ days of learning and networking through a variety of workshops, keynotes, exhibits, and social opportunities. This advanced-level medical conference is open to palliative medicine physicians, physicians interested in palliative care, medical students and Residents. Hosted by the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.

Register by March 3 for best rates.

PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION: http://www.cspcp.ca/2017-alpm-home/

New CSPCP report on economics of palliative care (Feb 15, 2017)

The CSPCP is pleased to release a new report on the economics of palliative care, entitled Palliative Care – A vital service with clear economic, health and social benefits. Read More

The report shows that strategic investment in palliative care can:

  • Reduce the cost of delivering care (30%)
  • Free up scarce resources in acute care, such as beds in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), for patients who truly need them.
  • Improve the quality of life and quality of care of patients with serious illnesses and their families.


The report is follow up to our Nov 2016 report called How To Improve Palliative Care in Canada. Read MoreThe “How To” document give specific actions that need to be taken. The new economics document shows that strategic investment in palliative care is Win-Win-Win: Better care – Lower costs – Better use of finite resources.

Please join the CSPCP in using the reports to actively advocate for better access to quality palliative care in Canada.