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).

2. 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.
3. 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 2018-19:

  1. Complete the final capacity project report and consider submitting an article for publication. Use the data to continue advocating for improved funding and support for PEOLC education
  2. Finish the postgrad competencies that are common to all specialties though Palliative Approach to Care (PACE) working group. Determine which specialties to work with first to build a complete competency relevant for the specialty
  3. Pediatrics sub-committee
  4. Complete standard national rotational objectives and support of programs planning to apply for accreditation with programs hoping to start in 2020 academic year
  5. Continue discussion of human resources – current availability and current need, and the number of residents to complete training in a given year in order to meet future needs
  6. Continue discussions of all different level of educational responsibilities and how to meet these requests (undergrad, postgrad, subspecialty, learners wanting a briefer exposure)
  7. Participate on the Royal College Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Committee, including establishing the assessment process for the new practice eligible route for subspecialty certification


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

Members
Dr. Charlie Chen – University of British Columbia
Dr. Julia Ridley – 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. Laurie Lemieux – 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