Palliative Care: Medical Intensive

A 5-day intermediate-advanced course


Following a recent renewal and revision of the materials, the content now addresses intermediate and some advanced professional competencies. Therefore we strongly encourage learners to take the 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 palliative care, please contact us to discuss.

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: Prerequisite – Pallium Canada LEAP Core Program

Dates and location

Dates: November 18th-22nd 2019

Location: Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC

Reservations: Call 1-800-663-7667 and quote Palliative Care Medical Intensive Course to obtain group rates.

Course fees

Early Bird (Till July 25th 2019)
Professional: $1040.00
Family Practice Resident/YAC: $725.00
Student (Proof of Enrollment Required): $715.00

Regular Rate (July 26th 2019 – Oct. 31st 2019)
Professional: $1155.00
Family Practice Resident/YAC: $725.00
Student (Proof of Enrollment Required): $715.00

Late Rate (Nov.1st -Nov.15th 2019)
Professional: $1240.00
Family Practice Resident/YAC: $725.00
Student (Proof of Enrollment Required): $715.00

* Rate Schedule 2019 (Subject to change annually):


  • Cancellations, Refunds, and Transfer Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Victoria Hospice’s Event Coordinator, Brittany Clark. A full refund, minus a $25 cancellation fee, is 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 copy of our textbook, Medical Care of the Dying, 4th edition (2006). Students will receive a download link for a PDF copy of the book a couple weeks before the course start date.

    For those looking to expand their 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‚Äôs 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.
  • 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
    • Pediatric Care
    • Spiritual Care
    • Palliative Sedation
    • Care in Rural or Remote Sites
    • Care Through Final Days
    • Grief and Bereavement
    • Palliative Emergencies
  • 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

  • Course Fee

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