Palliative Care: Medical Intensive

Victoria Hospice's 5-day Palliative Care: Medical Intensive (PCMI) course covers intermediate and some advanced aspects of palliative care. It provides a continued learning opportunity for:

  • Family physicians or new palliative care physicians
  • Nurses from palliative care settings, home care, or long-term care facilities
  • Family practice residents
  • Pharmacists
  • Medical students with an interest in palliative care
  • And others with a professional interest in palliative care

Continuing Professional Development credits pending approval by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the BC Chapter.

Please note: We strongly encourage learners to take the Pallium Canada LEAP Core Program prior to attending our event. Please consult the Pallium Canada website for the topics and competencies addressed by LEAP Core. If you have not taken LEAP Core, but have taken another program or certification that has provided you with the foundational content of paliative care, please contact [email protected] to discuss.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Palliative Care: Medical Intensive Spring 2019

Date: Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5, 2019
Location: Raddison Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond, BC
Follow this link for a group rate at the Raddison Hotel during our course week.

Please click here to register  

2019 Course Fees*


Early Bird  (Dec 23rd-  Feb 1st 2019) 


 Regular Rate (Feb 2nd - Mar. 18th 2019) 


Late Rate (March 19th-29th, 2019) 


Family Practice Resident/YAC: 


Student (Proof of Enrollment Required- 4th year undergrad or Master Level program)       


* Rate schedule subject to change annually

Course Fees Include: Your course fees include tuition, PDF of our Medical Care of the Dying textbook. Continental style breakfast provided each morning, coffee/tea throughout the day and snacks provided in the afternoon. More information TBA shortly.

Cancellations, Refunds, and Transfer Policy: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Victoria Hospice's Event Coordinator, Brittany Clark. Full refunds, minus a $25 cancellation fee, are available up until 30 days before the course start date. Within 30 days of the course start date, no refunds will be issued. Transfers: If you would like to transfer your enrollment to another session, you are required to pay an additional $25.00 admin fee and the difference in cost if the fees increase between sessions.    

Textbooks/ Bookstore: Your registration fee includes a link to the online version of our textbook, Medical Care of the Dying, 4th edition (2006). Students will receive a download link for a PDF of the book a couple weeks before the course start date.

Looking to expand your library of palliative care resources? Victoria Hospice has additional publications available on our website's online bookstore

Course Goals/ Objectives 

  • Recognize the diversity of people’s experiences at the end of life and apply a variety of approaches to end of life care.
  • Summarize the psychosocial approach in End of Life Care and identify interventions across transitions and diseases.
  • Integrate personal and professional experiences and apply knowledge and skills.
  • Recognize the complexity of psychosocial care including spiritual, cultural and family considerations and impacts on team and self.
  • Articulate the role of self in providing psychosocial care including boundaries, intention and impact on self. 
  • Participate in a learning opportunity that brings professionals with similar interests and unique perspectives together for shared learning.

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Course Content

  • Ethical Aspects of End of Life Care
  • Breaking Bad News
  • Pain Assessment and Etiology
  • Intermediate and Advanced Pain Management
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Neurological Issues
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Using a Palliative Approach in Non-Cancer Illness
  • Pediactric Care
  • Spiritual Care
  • Palliative Sedation
  • Care in Rural or Remote Sites
  • Care Through Final Days
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Palliative Emergencies

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Course Format

  • Course textbook PDF (pre-reading for the course) 4th edition Medical Care of the Dying, is included in the registration fee.
  • Topic reviews and discussions
  • Videos and multimedia presentations
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Case-based problem solving sessions

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Course Fee

The course fees include 5 days of instruction, learning resources, a PDF copy of the text Medical Care of the Dying.  

Student Rates:

  • A limited number of student rates are available for students in their 4th year of undergraduate degree or in Master’s or PhD programs. 
  • To apply: please submit proof of study (unofficial transcripts, or other documentation) to [email protected]
  • Students experiencing excessive financial need may also apply for an additional 15% off their student fees by providing a cover letter explaining their need.  These discounts are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Financial Need Rates:  

  • We have one discount at 50% off the ‘Regular’ rate for professionals experiencing financial need per session. This will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to a qualified applicant. 

    To apply: please submit a cover letter explaining why you want to take the course and how the discount will help you realize this goal, along with two letters of reference (including one from your current employer/manager/volunteer coordinator). Submit to [email protected]

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Course Textbook

"I recommend this book highly. It is helpful for people in palliative care, but its clarity and practicality are such that I hope it finds a home on general acute care wards, the offices of primary physicians, and hospital out-patient departments."  — Journal of Palliative Care

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 Course Testimonials

“I learned a tremendous amount about palliative care and feel privileged to have learned from many brilliant and compassionate people. I will go back to my facility filled with ideas and the confidence to present them to our team and to improve our palliative care program. Thank you, Victoria Hospice.”

“Worth every penny and time it took to get here – thank you all so much”

“Fabulous course – went beyond my expectations”

“Wonderful opportunities to share with colleagues”

“Excellent speakers, knowledgeable and such caring people”

“This course was excellent!! I appreciated and valued every single day, speaker and presentation”

“Best education week for me – EVER!”

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Quality palliative and end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement through patient and family centred care, education, research and advocacy.