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Congratulations to Queen’s University student Simran Sandhu, winner of the 2022 Undergraduate Narrative Award for Palliative Medicine for a narrative she submitted to the contest. Simran Sandhu will receive a cash prize of $500, generously sponsored by Pallium Canada.

Laura Nguyen (University of Ottawa) and Elizabeth Rowe (Memorial University of Newfoundland) both received honourable mention for narratives they submitted.

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’ contest 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. Douglas McGregorfrom The University of British Columbia.

Thank you to all entrants and to the 2022 judging committee: Margaret Cottle (CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee), Dr. Douglas McGregor (Honoree), 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.

CSPCP Incoming President Dr. Ebru Kaya

On behalf of the Board of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, we wish to welcome our incoming president Dr Ebru Kaya.

Ebru graduated from her residency training in palliative medicine in the UK and immigrated to Canada in 2006. Ebru is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and is the Program Director for the Royal College residency training program in palliative medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the interim Division Director in Toronto and the Palliative Care Site Lead for the Toronto General Hospital. Ebru first joined the Board of Directors 5 years ago, where she has served as Treasurer and President-Elect and has contributed to many committees and working groups associated with the Society. She currently divides her time between provision of clinical services, teaching, and in her leadership roles for University Health Network, the Division of Palliative Medicine in Toronto and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.

CSPCP Long-Term Care Key Messages

(March 2022) CSPCP is pleased to share a Long-Term Care (LTC) Key Messages statement. The goal of this document is to clarify and define the role of palliative care in LTC, along with listing top priorities for improving access to and delivery of palliative care in LTC facilities. We thank all those who contributed their time, energy and feedback on the document, including the members of the Long-Term Care Working Group: Drs. Amit Arya (Co-chair), Anne Boyle (Co-chair), Carmen L. Johnson, Janice Legere, Giulia-Anna Perri, Hollis Roth and Ashleigh Sprange.


Registration Open – Virtual Conference 2022

Registration is open for the CSPCP’s Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Virtual Conference. The conference is open to physicians, medical residents and medical students only.

Virtual ALPM 2022 will run for three consecutive half days:

Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7, 2022
From 9–2 PT/10-3 MT/11-4 CT/12–5 ET/1–6 AT /1:30-6:30 NL each day

Link to Register:

Link to Program:

Why attend Virtual ALPM?

  • Advanced palliative medicine content
  •  Exclusive to physicians, medical residents, and medical students
  •  Attend from the comfort of your own home or workplace
  • Connect with presenters through interactive sessions
  • Ability to view recordings if you miss a session. Recorded sessions will be available until December 31, 2022
  • Supports the CSPCP

We look forward to virtually seeing you in May!

CSPCP Announces New Executive Director

After an extensive search, the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) Board and Search Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Leah Salvage. Effective January 4th, Leah will step into the position of our retiring Executive Director, Kim Taylor.

Leah is a highly motivated and personable professional with a strong background in non-profit management. She has expertise in administrative leadership, financial management, strategic partnerships, member engagement, and working with volunteer Boards of Directors. She has seven years of direct experience working with physician associations at the national level, focusing on strengthening links with relevant organizations and partners, providing high quality, specialty specific medical education, advocating for both community and physician issues while steadily increasing membership and revenue.

The CSPCP will benefit greatly from the extensive skills and experience Leah brings to the position. Please join us in welcoming her as our new Executive Director.