Postgrad Training Committee

The mandate of the Postgraduate Education Committee is to coordinate the efforts of the program directors to support individual programs to train excellent palliative care physicians, and to help advance the academic standing of palliative care across Canada.

Terms of Reference

  1. In 2016 – 2017 committee members have been preparing for the new Royal College subspecialty training program in many different ways:
  • By exploring the interest in creating a new subspecialty program at their university, and how that would be organized in relation to a 1-year added competency program with the CCFP. Many universities have now confirmed that they will be able to offer both programs starting in 2018 or 2019. Others have been unable to secure support for the new program.
  • We shared application materials to help each other best figure out how to meet the training requirements set out by the Royal College
  • We developed a national matching system similar to CaRMS for the fall 2016 match in order to harmonize the application process and ensure fairness for the applicants. In the future, all programs will be part of the CaRMS medicine subspecialty match (MSM).
  1. We worked to coordinate application deadlines and offer days for the Year of Added Competency (YAC) programs to ensure fairness to programs and applicants.We continue to organize a series of quarterly high-quality academic half-day webinars for Palliative Care trainees across the country.
  2. We reached out to have ad hoc committee representation from universities that do not currently have a palliative care residency program (e.g. Memorial, Saskatchewan).

Major Goals for 2017-18:

  1. We will continue to collaborate and share subspecialty application documents and ideas for meeting training requirements, in order to reduce the work involved in completing the application, and will ensure a high standard of training, and facilitate the process of applying so that all centres will be able to start training subspecialists as soon as possible.
  2. We will be conducting a study of the current state of postgraduate palliative care training in Canada, by measuring the proportion of trainees in each program and in each university who complete palliative care training rotations. This will be part of a broader effort by the CSPCP to monitor the ability of our subspecialty to meet the palliative care training needs of the medical community.
  3. We will coordinate with the CSPCP’s working group that will identify palliative care learning objectives and advocate for their inclusion in every postgraduate training program.

Chair: Dr. Chris Barnes – University of Ottawa
Past-Chair: Dr. James Downar – University of Toronto

Dr. Charlie Chen – University of British Columbia
Dr. Andréanne Côté – University of Montreal
Dr. Erin Gorman Corsten – Dalhousie University
Dr. Ebru Kaya – University of Toronto
Dr. Michael Volpe – University of Manitoba
Dr. Sarah Burton-MacLeod – University of Alberta
Dr. Jacqueline Hui – University of Calgary
Dr. Amanda Roze des Ordons – University of Calgary
Dr. Craig Goldie – Queen’s University
Dr. Anita Singh – University of Western Ontario
Dr. Alan Taniguchi – McMaster University
Dr. Donald Ginsberg – McGill University
Dr. Samir Azzaria – University of Laval