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Article: Palliative Medicine – Becoming a Subspecialty of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Want to learn more about how palliative medicine training in Canada came to be where it is today? Read this historic paper recently published by some of our CSPCP members, describing the 20 year journey of taking palliative medicine training from a mission statement of the CSPCP to a 2- year subspecialty of the Royal College with an accrediting exam.

Palliative Medicine-Becoming a Subspecialty of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Jana Pilkey, MD, FRCP(C), , James Downar, MDCM, MHSc, Deborah Dudgeon, MD, FRCP(C), Leonie Herx, MD, PhD, CCFP, Doreen Oneschuk, MD, CCFP, MHScEd, Cori Schroder, MD, MEd, CCFP, FCFP, Valerie Schulz, MD, FRCP(C), MPH. Journal of Palliative Care, First Published November 13, 2017.

Call for Nominations: Eduardo Bruera Award and Humanitarian Award

Deadline: February 1, 2018

The Eduardo Bruera Award

The Eduardo Bruera Award in Palliative Medicine recognizes CSPCP members who have made an important difference to palliative medicine through their clinical work, teaching and education, research, program administration, and/or international involvement in palliative care. The area of emphasis for 2018 will be program administration and leadership. It is co-sponsored by the Division of Palliative Care Medicine at the University of Alberta and the CSPCP.

Visit the awards page for detailed criteria and submission information.

The CSPCP Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award will be given annually to a CSPCP member who significantly improves the lives of underserved populations nationally or internationally, through:

a) Direct service provision AND/OR
b) Development of humanitarian programs

The humanitarian work does not have to be in the field of palliative medicine, but the nominee must be a palliative medicine physician. The prize includes a $1000 donation to a humanitarian organization chosen by the winner.

Visit the awards page for detailed criteria and submission information.

CSPCP Statement on Continuous Palliative Sedation Therapy

Continuous Palliative Sedation Therapy (CPST) is receiving increasing attention recently as it is often being offered as an alternative to MAiD. This means that more physicians may be considering using the treatment – without necessarily being familiar/competent to use it.

The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) strongly recommends that all physicians create or adopt a specific policy on CPST for their practice group or institution. This will ensure that CPST is a transparent practice that is easily distinguished from practices that hasten death and subject to best practice.

We have prepared a statement to this effect. It includes links to sample policies.

View the statement here

Help us promote Canada’s first National Bereavement Day – Nov 21st

One of the Missions in the CSPCP’s Vision, Mission and Goals is to “Advance the quality of life of patients and families living with life-limiting conditions from time of diagnosis through death and bereavement by advancing the field of palliative medicine.”

The CSPCP is proud to participate in Canada’s First National Bereavement Day on November 21, 2017, organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA). We encourage all physicians to join us in using the tools and materials on CHPCA National Bereavement Day website and in using the official hashtag #GriefDayCA2017 to promote the day on social media.

On National Bereavement Day, Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH) will release new materials for supporting children and youth – “KidsGrief”. To be notified when the site goes live, enter your email at

CVH is providing a FREE public web forum called KidsGrief Q&A on November 16 from 2:00 – 3:00 EST. Andrea Warnick, a national children’s grief expert, will answer questions about supporting children and youth who are grieving a death or an expected death. To participate, email: OR to access the webinar at the time of the event link in here: