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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.

UPDATED Palliative Care Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Students

(June 26, 2018). Attached are updated, nationally-validated Palliative Care Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Students in Canada in EnglishandFrench.The goal of this undergraduate curriculum is to integrate key competencies (and their enabling competencies) into each medical school’s curriculum and to build on currently existing curricula. Details about how the competencies were developed and validated are provided in the introductory section of the document.

The competencies will help medical schools to equip Canada’s future physicians with the fundamental skills and knowledge to provide a palliative approach to care for their patients with life threatening illness and their families across the multiple different settings of care.

The project team gratefully acknowledges the organizations and individuals who participated in the process (see Appendix A).

Project Team: Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP)
Dr. Anne Boyle – CSPCP Undergraduate Education Committee, McMaster University
Dr. Shirley Bush – University of Ottawa
Dr. Srini Chary – Board of Directors, Pallium Canada
Dr. Amanda Roze des Ordons – University of Calgary
Ms. Kim Taylor – Executive Director, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

Partner Leads
Ms. Sharon Baxter – Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Dr. Sarita Verma – Vice-President Education, Association of the Faculties of Medicine of Canada