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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.

Registration still OPEN – Recordings of Virtual Conference 2021 (#ALPM2021)

Registration is open to access recordings from the CSPCP’s Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Virtual Conference, which took place from February 25-27, 2021. Registration is open to physicians, medical residents and medical students only.

Registrants can access the session recordings until December 31, 2020.

Why watch the recordings?

  1. The conference provides advanced level palliative medicine content.
  2. You can learn at your leisure, from the comfort of your home or office.
  3. Earn continuing education credits with the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. (details here)
  4. The conference was highly rated by participants. Over 90% said it enhanced their knowledge. 89% said they will apply knowledge they learned to their practice.
  5. It is entirely focused on physicians.

Program: https://www.cspcp.ca/conference/2021-program/

Speakers: https://www.cspcp.ca/conference/speakers/

Registration: https://www.cspcp.ca/conference/alpm-registration/

Contact: cspcp@intertaskconferences.com

Health Canada Report on Home and Community-based Palliative Care – Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic

(June 2021) We are pleased to share this report from the End-of-Life Care Unit at Health Canada.

English: Read more

French:  Read more

The report features many new practices and innovative tools that can improve the future of home and community-based palliative care – for example, making virtual care more accessible, increasing the availability of palliative symptom management kits, and giving family caregivers adequate support to provide palliative care for loved ones at home. It is hoped that sharing some of these new practices and tools may inspire readers to use and adapt them as required, or develop and share their own innovations. By sharing knowledge and experience, together we can come out of the pandemic stronger than before.

Thank you to Dr. Stephen Singh for participating in the discussions on behalf of the CSPCP.