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WINNER – UNDERGRADUATE NARRATIVE AWARD

Congratulations to McMaster University student Kay Wu, winner of the 2021 Undergraduate Narrative Award for Palliative Medicine for a narrative she submitted to the contest. Kay Wu will receive a cash prize of $500, generously sponsored by Pallium Canada.

Happy Inibhunu (University of Toronto) and Sydney Sparanese both received honourable mention for a poem and video they submitted, respectively.

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 McGregor from The University of British Columbia (UBC).

Dr. Douglas McGregor

Thank you to all entrants and to the 2021 judging committee: Margaret Cottle (CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee), Dr. Douglas McGregor (Honoree, UBC), 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.

WINNER OF THE 2021 PALLIATIVE MEDICINE RESIDENT RESEARCH AWARD

Congratulations to Dr. Jalal Ebrahim, from the University of Toronto, for winning the 2021 Palliative Medicine Resident Research Award. He was selected by audience vote, via webinar, for his presentation Improving Advance Care Planning for Patients Admitted to Cardiology with Congestive Heart Failure Exacerbations.

Congratulations to the other finalists too, for their excellent presentations about their scholarly projects: Dr. Samantha Lam from the University of Alberta, and Dr. Elizabeth Wu from the University of British Columbia.

A great deal of work took place to make this possible. Thank you to all residents who submitted abstracts; to Amit Arya, Aynharan Sinnarajah, and Caitlin Lees for reviewing the blinded abstracts; to the CSPCP members who attended the webinar; to the CSPCP admin team for organizing the virtual event; and to James Downar for leading everyone!

2021 Palliative Medicine Resident Research Award Competition – Congratulations to the Top 3 Finalists!

This award is for the best scholarly project by a resident enrolled in a palliative medicine residency program in Canada. Residents are invited to submit their abstract as an opportunity to share their work and build their presentation skills for a chance to win $1000.

The top three finalists are:

  • Dr. Jalal Ebrahim, University of Toronto
    Improving Advance Care Planning for Patients Admitted to Cardiology with Congestive Heart Failure Exacerbations
  • Dr. Samantha Lam, University of Alberta
    Sarcopenic Obesity as a Predictor of Dyspnea and Function in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wu, University of British Columbia
    Prolonged Grief and Bereavement Supports within Caregivers who Transition through a Large Palliative Care Program


The abstracts were selected by a review team and scored based on: innovation, scholarship (e.g. evidence-based, use of theoretical framework/principles), relevance to palliative care, contribution of the work to the field, and the residents’ ability to transmit that knowledge in the abstract.

The competition will take place in September where CSPCP members will be invited to a webinar to listen to all three presentations and vote for the abstract they believe meets the criteria.

Congratulations to Dr. Jalal Ebrahim, Dr. Samantha Lam, and Dr. Elizabeth Wu on their successful submissions!

Palliative Care as an election issue

(September 2021) The CSPCP is a proud and active member of the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC).

The QELCCC believes that equitable access to palliative care is a priority. We also believe that a palliative approach to care should be part of standards for Long-Term Care in Canada.

We are conducting a public campaign on Twitter and Facebook – please join in!

In addition, the QELCCC has written to party leaders asking them to commit to the three asks shown above, sent them a briefing note to deepen their knowledge, and participated in the federal pre-budget submission process. For more information and copies of all the materials, go to: https://www.chpca.ca/projects/the-quality-end-of-life-care-coalition-of-canada/

RESPONSES FROM THE PARTIES (as of Sept 16)

Conservatives

Liberals

NDP

Canadian Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Competency Framework

(August 2021) Congratulations to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer on release of a Canadian Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Competency Framework. Included are palliative care competencies for nurses, general physicians, social workers, personal support workers who are currently in practice, and volunteers. In their release, CPAC acknowledged CSPCP as a major contributor to framework. CSPCP Board members assisted throughout the process and helped refine the physician competency section to align as closely as possible with the existing national palliative competencies used by many of Canadian medical schools: EFPPEC competencies for undergrad medical education, and PACE competencies for postgrad.