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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.

2021 Palliative Medicine Resident Research Award Competition – Congratulations to the Top 3 Finalists!

This award is for the best scholarly project by a resident enrolled in a palliative medicine residency program in Canada. Residents are invited to submit their abstract as an opportunity to share their work and build their presentation skills for a chance to win $1000.

The top three finalists are:

  • Dr. Jalal Ebrahim, University of Toronto
    Improving Advance Care Planning for Patients Admitted to Cardiology with Congestive Heart Failure Exacerbations
  • Dr. Samantha Lam, University of Alberta
    Sarcopenic Obesity as a Predictor of Dyspnea and Function in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wu, University of British Columbia
    Prolonged Grief and Bereavement Supports within Caregivers who Transition through a Large Palliative Care Program


The abstracts were selected by a review team and scored based on: innovation, scholarship (e.g. evidence-based, use of theoretical framework/principles), relevance to palliative care, contribution of the work to the field, and the residents’ ability to transmit that knowledge in the abstract.

The competition will take place in September where CSPCP members will be invited to a webinar to listen to all three presentations and vote for the abstract they believe meets the criteria.

Congratulations to Dr. Jalal Ebrahim, Dr. Samantha Lam, and Dr. Elizabeth Wu on their successful submissions!

Updated Key Messages: Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

(May 17, 2019) The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians released an updated document today entitled Key Messages: Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). MAiD became legal in Canada in June 2016 when the Parliament of Canada passed federal legislation allowing eligible Canadian adults to request it. Prior to the legislation, the CSPCP developed Key Messages about Physician Hastened Death which were released in October 2015. The updated Key Messages reaffirm our original position and frame it in the current Canadian context.

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