Medical Students & Residents


Palliative Care Residents, Residents from other specialties and Canadian medical students who have an interest in palliative care are welcome to join the CSPCP.

Reasons to join:

  • Excellent annual advanced-level conference providing top quality, high yield sessions with significant discounts for members
  • Networking opportunities with palliative care physicians across the country
  • Finding mentorship for those new in palliative medicine practice
  • Contributing proactively in shaping the future of our profession
  • Contributing to a palliative care voice as our practice environment evolves
  • Getting the chance to pick up the baton from our palliative care heroes who came before us

Cost and online registration:

We hope you will join us to learn, connect, and contribute to the field of palliative care.

What your dues are used for:

Your dues go toward physician education, networking, and advocacy for improving access to quality palliative care in Canada, as stated in our Vision, Mission and Goals. For example, in the last year, we:

  • Advocated on behalf of our profession re issues that affect us all — including access to palliative care, appropriate access to opioids, and palliative care in the context of MAiD.
  • Formed several new working groups to: develop a staffing model for palliative care; to improve palliative care medical education at all levels; develop messaging about appropriate use of opioids in palliative care
  • Continued hosting National Academic Half Days (NAHDs) for Residents
  • Delivered the Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in Calgary (2019), including an in-person NAHD. Our 2020 conference was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and we are hosting a virtual conference in 2021.
  • Began offering Hot Topics webinars for Members
  • Developed Key Messages about Palliative Care and MAiD based on past member surveys
  • Worked with the Royal College and the CFPC to continue development of credentials for palliative medicine
  • Advocated for Bill C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada. The bill passed and a federal action plan has been created
  • Continued offering the Undergrad Narrative Award in Palliative Medicine and the Palliative Medicine Resident Research Award
  • Started offering grants to form or maintain palliative care student interest groups

Resident/Student Rates at our Conference

Medical students and residents are eligible for significantly discounted rates at our Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference. To view the conference program and/or to register click here.


Annual Undergraduate Narrative Award for Palliative Medicine

The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians offers this award as a way to stimulate undergraduate medical students to think and reflect creatively about the multifaceted aspects of palliative medicine and caring at the end of life. It is open to all undergraduate medical students in the penultimate year of their programs. Submissions may include poetry, prose, images, audio and/or video. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize that is sponsored by Pallium Canada. The winning submission will be featured on the CSPCP web site and at the following year’s ALPM conference. For details on the award criteria, submission process, and deadlines:


The Palliative Medicine Resident Research Award

This award is for the best scholarly project by a resident enrolled in a palliative medicine residency program.

For deadlines, criteria and submission process visit our Awards page:

Career Postings

To view Career Postings in Palliative Medicine click here

Training (Residency) Opportunities

Click here to view some of the training opportunities offered in Canada

National Academic Half Day (NAHD) Schedule

NAHD is a series of webinars that are open to Canadian Palliative Medicine Residents. The sessions are by invitation and distributed through the Program Directors. To view the schedule, click here

Residents-only session at our annual conference

The CSPCP offers a Residents-only session at in-person ALPM conferences. The content is coordinated by the CSPCP Postgraduate Education Committee, which consists of palliative care program directors from across Canada. Details about the program will be provided by your program director. The session will appear in the registration system when you register for ALPM under the “Residents” category.


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