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Winner – Undergraduate Narrative Award

Congratulations to McMaster University student Kay Wu, winner of the 2021 Undergraduate Narrative Award for Palliative Medicine for a narrative she submitted to the contest. Kay Wu will receive a cash prize of $500, generously sponsored by Pallium Canada.

Happy Inibhunu (University of Toronto) and Sydney Sparanese both received honourable mention for a poem and video they submitted, respectively.

We will encourage these students to submit their narratives for potential publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and we will post them as soon as we are able. Published narratives from past years’ contest are posted here.

Each year the award also recognizes a palliative care physician who has shown an enduring commitment to the integration of the arts and humanities into the practice of palliative medicine. This year’s honouree is Dr. Douglas McGregor from The University of British Columbia (UBC).

Dr. Douglas McGregor

Thank you to all entrants and to the 2021 judging committee: Margaret Cottle (CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee), Dr. Douglas McGregor (Honoree, UBC), Carol-Ann Courneya (Advisor), Cori Schroder (CSPCP Awards Committee), and Barbara Sibbald (CMAJ).

For detailed information about this award, see the Awards Page on this web site.

WINNER – Undergraduate Narrative Award


Congratulations to Queen’s University student Palika Kohli, winner of the 2020 Undergraduate Narrative Award for Palliative Medicine for an essay she submitted to the contest. Cassia Tremblay (University of British Columbia) received honourable mention for a poem.
We will encourage these students to submit their entries for potential publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and we will post them as soon as we are able. Palika Kohli will also receive a cash prize of $500, generously sponsored by Pallium Canada. Published narratives from past years’ contest are posted here.

Each year the award also recognizes a palliative care physician who has shown an enduring commitment to the integration of the arts and humanities into the practice of palliative medicine. This year’s honouree is Dr. Stephen Libenfrom McGill University.

Thank you to all entrants and to the 2020 judging committee: Margaret Cottle (CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee), Stephen Liben (Honoree, McGill U.), Carol-Ann Courneya (Advisor), Cori Schroder (CSPCP Awards Committee), and Barbara Sibbald (CMAJ).

For detailed information about this award, see the Awards Page on this web site.

CSPCP Study: Palliative care clinical rotations

April 15, 2020 – Although most Canadian medical schools offer clinical rotations in palliative care, only a minority of trainees at the undergrad & postgrad levels completed such a rotation during their training (2008-2018). Without dedicated clinical exposure to palliative care, many physicians may enter practice without vital palliative care competencies.

Publication in CMAJ Open: http://cmajopen.ca/content/8/2/E257.full

CSPCP response to CMAJ article: Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease

On October 18th, 2019, the CMAJ published a response from the CSPCP regarding the article Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease. Our response provides clarification about Palliative Care & MAiD. Please share amongst your networks as you see fit.

Link to response: https://www.cmaj.ca/content/191/36/E989/tab-e-letters