EFPPEC Competencies

Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

In 2003-2008, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, in partnership with the Association of the Faculties of Medicine of Canada, and with assistance from members of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians developed palliative care competencies for undergraduate medical students through a federally-funded project called Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EFPPEC). The goal of the project was to have every medical student and resident graduate with knowledge, skills and appropriate attitudes in end of-life care. EFPPEC first developed national consensus on undergraduate competencies in medical education. Then, working with the Ontario Palliative Undergraduate Network (OPUN) and the Réseau Universitaire Québécois en soins palliatifs (RUQSP), EFPPEC developed an undergraduate curriculum in palliative and end-of-life care based on the EFPPEC competencies and their own work. Pan-Canadian consensus was reached on this curriculum through a survey process involving all 17 faculties of medicine.

The competencies from 2008 are posted here:

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In 2017, the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, the Association of the Faculties of Medicine of Canada, and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association have started a process to review and update the competencies in light of changes in the practice environment and in the overall competency framework for undergraduate medical education. For more information contact Kim Taylor, Executive Director, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (ed@cspcp.ca)