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Call for Member-Led Workshop Submissions – 2020 ALPM Conference

The Conference Planning Committee invites CSPCP members to submit proposals to lead interactive workshops at the 2020 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in Hamilton, from May 28 – 30th. This opportunity is benefit of CSPCP membership and is offered to CSPCP members only. Note that this call is for 75-minute interactive workshops. The call for abstracts (short oral presentations for the Members’ showcase and posters) will be issued in December and will be open to all physicians, medical residents, and medical students. The call for palliative medicine residents’ abstracts will be issued in April.

Essential information:

  1. A maximum of two presenters is permitted per workshop. Presenters must be physicians and a least one must be a member of the CSPCP. If both presenters are palliative care physicians, both must be members of the CSPCP.
  2. Member-submitted workshops must be 75 minutes long.
  3. Workshops should be interactive, so that participants can talk, think, learn, try, and interact (as opposed to a lecture followed by Q&A). At least 25% of the time must be interactive. The more interactive, the better!
  4. Workshops should be highly relevant to physicians in clinical practice. The selection committee will assess submissions based on the following criteria:
    a. Relevant to clinical practice in advanced level palliative medicine
    b. Original
    c. Evidence based
    d. Interactive
    e. Aligned with the theme “Implementing the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada”.
  5. Presenters cannot be added or changed after submission.
  6. Completed and submitted COI forms are MANDATORY for all presenters (including your co-presenter, if applicable) for your application to be considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the abstract review committee. It is the duty of the primary presenter to ensure that your co-presenter has completed his/her COI form by the submission deadline. A link to the online COI form is embedded within the application form but is also available here for your co-presenter to complete:
  7. Experience leading workshops is ideal, but not required.
  8. Workshops accepted through this call will be presented once, on the afternoon of Friday, May 29th, 2020.
  9. If your proposal is accepted, the primary presenter and co-presenter (if applicable) are entitled to complimentary registration for the day of the workshop or reduced registration to attend the full conference. Presenters are responsible for paying for their own travel and accommodations.
  10. Deadline: 11:59 PM on Sunday, November 10, 2019.
  11. You will be notified of the status by early December.

Submit workshop proposals here:

For further information, contact Leeanne Akehurst at Intertask Conferences:

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:


(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.


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.

Delivery of Palliative Care by Physicians in Canada: A Definitions Document

(September 2019) The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) is pleased to share recommended credentialing standards for specialist palliative care physicians practicing in Canada: Delivery of Palliative Care by Palliative Physicians in Canada – a Definitions Document July 2019 final – EN.

The palliative care needs of Canadians are best met through the provision of palliative care across primary and specialist levels of care, which requires physicians with differing levels of expertise and training, as described in the national Framework on Palliative Care in Canada. All physicians should have core competencies and skills in palliative care, taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate education levels, to be able to provide a palliative approach to care for their patients. For the development of specialized expertise in palliative care, we now have two certification routes developed for palliative care consultants: a Certificate of Added Competence through the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a Subspecialty in Palliative Medicine through the Royal College. Both routes support the development of consultant level, specialist palliative care expertise.

Recognition of these providers at the provincial level is necessary in order for us to begin to assess, measure and plan for human resources, including residency positions, needed across Canada to improve teaching, mentoring, research, program development and access to palliative care.