Author Archives: Michelle Veer

CSPCP response to CMAJ article: Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease

On October 18th, 2019, the CMAJ published a response from the CSPCP regarding the article Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease. Our response provides clarification about Palliative Care & MAiD. Please share amongst your networks as you see fit.

Link to response: https://www.cmaj.ca/content/191/36/E989/tab-e-letters

CSPCP defends rights of people with disabilities

(Oct 2019) The CSPCP is one of the 65+ organizations calling for an appeal of the Quebec Superior Court’s Decision re Truchon and Gladu. This open letter, signed by members and supporters of the disability rights community, outlines that we need an appeal to: 1) protect equality and inclusion, 2) prevent negative stereotypes and stigma, and 3) uphold article 10 of the UN Convention of the Right of Persons with Disabilities. As it stand, the Quebec court decision on medical assistance in dying may entrench stereotypes and exacerbate stigma for Canadians with disabilities, contributing to the adversity and oppression experienced by this vulnerable group.

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POSTGRAD COMPETENCIES FOR PALLIATIVE APPROACH TO CARE

(September 2019). The CSPCP’s Palliative Approach to Care Education Working group (PACE) has completed development of Postgraduate Competencies for Palliative Care: A Guidance Document in both EnglishandFrench

The document is intended to describe the palliative care competencies that specialists from disciplines other than Palliative Medicine should have upon completion of their residency in order to provide a palliative approach to care for people with life-threatening conditions, and their families.

The document will be circulated to Specialty Committees for whom the competencies are likely to be pertinent, including Family Medicine, and to stakeholders involved in palliative care medical education. The “PACE” competencies for postgraduate learners build upon competencies for undergraduate medical students that were updated in 2018. The CSPCP and champions in the medical education community will be advocating for inclusion of these competencies in the relevant curricula and examinations.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the project, including the PACE Working Group and the CSPCP Postgraduate Education Committee, and translators.

WINNER – UNDERGRADUATE NARRATIVE AWARD


Congratulations to Ottawa University student Candace Nayman, winner of the 2019 Undergraduate Narrative Award for Palliative Medicine for a poem she submitted to the contest. Hayeong Rho (Toronto) received honourable mention for a photo. We have invited Ms. Nayman to personally share her narrative at the 2020 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in Hamilton (May 28 – 30, 2020). She will also receive a cash prize of $500, generously sponsored by Pallium Canada.

We will encourage these students to submit their narratives for potential publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and we will post them as soon as we are able. Published narratives from past years’ contests are posted here.

Each year the award also recognizes a palliative care physician who has shown an enduring commitment to the integration of the arts and humanities into the practice of palliative medicine. This year’s honouree is Dr. Stephen Liben from McGill University.

Dr. Stephen Liben profile

Thank you to all entrants and to the 2019 judging committee: Margaret Cottle (CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee), Stephen Liben (Honoree, McGill U.), Carol-Ann Courneya (Advisor), Cori Schroder (CSPCP Awards Committee), and Barbara Sibbald (CMAJ).

For detailed information about this award, see the Awards Page on this web site.