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Letter from COS, CPA and CSPCP re Atropine: Update

(Update: August 2018) Novartis/Alcon will not discontinue the sale of Atropine 1% as they had previously announced. The decision came after consideration of the joint letter that was sent in May 2018 (below).

(May 2018) The Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and the CSPCP sent a joint letter to Novartis/Alcon, urging them to reconsider the upcoming discontinuation of Atropine.

View letter here

UPDATED Palliative Care Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Students

(June 26, 2018). Attached are updated, nationally-validated Palliative Care Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Students in Canada in EnglishandFrench.The goal of this undergraduate curriculum is to integrate key competencies (and their enabling competencies) into each medical school’s curriculum and to build on currently existing curricula. Details about how the competencies were developed and validated are provided in the introductory section of the document.

The competencies will help medical schools to equip Canada’s future physicians with the fundamental skills and knowledge to provide a palliative approach to care for their patients with life threatening illness and their families across the multiple different settings of care.

The project team gratefully acknowledges the organizations and individuals who participated in the process (see Appendix A).

Project Team: Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP)
Dr. Anne Boyle – CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee, McMaster University
Dr. Shirley Bush – University of Ottawa
Dr. Srini Chary – Board of Directors, Pallium Canada
Dr. Amanda Roze des Ordons – University of Calgary
Ms. Kim Taylor – Executive Director, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Partner Leads
Ms. Sharon Baxter – Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Dr. Sarita Verma – Vice-President Education, Association of the Faculties of Medicine of Canada

SAVE THE DATE – CSPCP’s Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference 2019

The 2019 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta.

Pre-conference workshop(s): Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Regular conference program: Thursday, May 23 through Saturday, May 25, 2019

Our Conference Committee is working on the program. The Committee will announce the keynote speakers and invited workshop presenters in the fall.

There will be many opportunities for CSPCP members to contribute to the program including:

  • A call to CSPCP members to submit proposals for interactive workshops
  • A call for abstracts for short oral presentations – research, innovation
  • A call for abstracts for poster presentations
  • A call to Residents for presentations and/or posters regarding their scholarly projects


The timing and deadlines for the calls will be announced in the fall.

CSPCP advocates for mandatory education for prescribing Methadone

The CSPCP recommends that education (such as the Methadone4Pain course from Canadian Virtual Hospice) should be mandated in each province or territory as a criterion for prescribing Methadone. The CSPCP sent letters to the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Health and to provincial and territorial regulatory bodies.

Letter – English
Letter – French

In Memoriam: Dr. Ina Cummings

The CSPCP mourns the loss of one of Canada’s pioneers in palliative care. Dr. Cummings was a founding member of the CSPCP and one its past Presidents. She was honoured with a CSPCP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 in recognition for her sustained and lasting contribution to palliative medicine and to the CSPCP. Dr. Cummings was a leader in palliative care since its very early days in Canada. She inspired many palliative physicians with her vision of whole person care and palliative medicine within the interdisciplinary team. Dr. Cummings died peacefully on March 20, 2018 at the West Island Palliative Care Residence – a facility that she helped to create and shape. See their heartfelt press releasefor a further tribute to Dr. Cummings.