Tag Archives: Palliative Care Physicians

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

Delivery of Palliative Care by Physicians in Canada: A Definitions Document

(September 2019) The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) is pleased to share recommended credentialing standards for specialist palliative care physicians practicing in Canada: Delivery of Palliative Care by Palliative Physicians in Canada – a Definitions Document July 2019 final – EN.

The palliative care needs of Canadians are best met through the provision of palliative care across primary and specialist levels of care, which requires physicians with differing levels of expertise and training, as described in the national Framework on Palliative Care in Canada. All physicians should have core competencies and skills in palliative care, taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate education levels, to be able to provide a palliative approach to care for their patients. For the development of specialized expertise in palliative care, we now have two certification routes developed for palliative care consultants: a Certificate of Added Competence through the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a Subspecialty in Palliative Medicine through the Royal College. Both routes support the development of consultant level, specialist palliative care expertise.

Recognition of these providers at the provincial level is necessary in order for us to begin to assess, measure and plan for human resources, including residency positions, needed across Canada to improve teaching, mentoring, research, program development and access to palliative care.

SAVE THE DATE – CSPCP’s Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference 2020

The 2020 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference will be held in Hamilton, Ontario.

Pre-conference workshop(s): Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Regular conference program: Thursday, May 28 through Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Conference Committee is working on the program, using input from conference evaluations and guidance and from Hamilton representatives. 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 poster presentations. Authors of top-scoring abstracts will be invited to give short oral 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.