Category Archives: Credentials

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 will be posted on the CFPC website as they become available.


We are happy to announce that the first cohort of subspecialty Palliative Medicine residents have been accepted into training programs in Canada, to begin training on July 1, 2017. Next year’s trainees will submit applications in the summer of 2017 to begin training in July 2018. Deadlines and details will be posted when they are confirmed. Any trainees interested in pursuing subspecialty training in Palliative Medicine are encouraged to contact the program directors (PD) at their institution:

University of Manitoba
o PD: Dr. Christian LaRiviere (
University of Ottawa
o PD: Dr. Chris Barnes (
Queen’s University
o PD: Dr. Ingrid Harle (
University of Toronto
o PD: Dr. James Downar (
University of British Columbia
o PD: Dr. Charlie Chen (

Note that other universities may be offering training in 2018. Details to follow.

UPDATE: Postgraduate Education Committee Update Application Process

UPDATE: UBC will be able to offer one (1) position for July 2017 for the RC pall med subspecialty residency program.

The Postgraduate Education Committee has requested we update the members of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians regarding an update with the application process for the two-year subspecialty program in Palliative Medicine.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) recently recognized Palliative Medicine as a subspecialty and is now accepting applications to have accredited programs in Palliative Medicine. This new, two-year subspecialty program will replace the previous one-year program that was conjointly accredited with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The one-year programs will continue to exist as certificate of added competency programs accredited by the CFPC.

Click hereto read more regarding eligibility and details of the application process.

Announcement re the 2-year Subspecialty in Palliative Medicine

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Working Group in Palliative Medicine is pleased to announce that the specialty specific documents for the two-year subspecialties in Adult and Pediatric Palliative Medicine have been finalized. The Specific Standards of Accreditation (SSA), Objectives of Training (OTR), Specialty Training Requirements (STR), and Final In-Training Evaluation Report (FITER) for both streams are now available on the Royal College website ( Medical schools wishing to apply for accreditation of a two-year subspecialty program can contact the Educational Standards Unit ( for applications and deadlines.

With its mandate completed, the Working Group will be been transitioned to a Specialty Committee in Palliative Medicine. The Specialty Committee will focus on developing the criteria for the Practice Eligible Route (PER) and review applications. It is hoped that the first subspecialty training programs in Palliative Medicine in Canada will commence July 1, 2017. An Examination Committee will develop the new credentialing exam with the target date of September 2018 as its initial offering. More information will be available at the Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in May.

Dr. Deborah Dudgeon, Chair, and Dr. Cori Schroder, Vice-Chair, of the Working Group wish to acknowledge the incredible commitment of the members of the working group. Thank you to:
Dr. James Downar
Dr. David Henderson
Dr. Leonie Herx
Dr. Doreen Oneschuk
Dr. Jana Pilkey
Dr. Valerie Schulz

They also wish to thank Susanne Fletcher and Dr. Jolanta Karpinski at the Royal College for their support throughout the process.