Palliative Care: Medical Intensive

An intermediate-advanced course


For 2020, Victoria Hospice’s Palliative Care: Medical Intensive (PCMI) has transitioned to a blended learning model.

The first section of the course includes multi-media learning modules running April 1st – May 20th. This will be followed by 3 days of in-person learning at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, May 21st – 23rd.

Victoria Hospice’s 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, 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.
  • Recommended Pre-Requisites

    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.

Dates and location

Online Multimedia Learning: April 1st – May 20th 2020
In-Person Learning: May 21st – 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm each day
In-Person loaction: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre 2215, 515 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3

Course fees


Early Bird (till February 20th): $1040
Regular (Feb. 21st – Apr. 17th): $1100
Late Rate (Apr. 18th – May 20th): $1240

Professional: Anyone working in the field or returning to the field.

Student Rate: $715

Student: Anyone who is currently a 4th year or grad school student in a program related to their profession in health care, OR anyone who will be a student during the time of the course. NOTE: Proof of enrollment in current semester required.

Resident Rate: $750

Family Practice Resident/YAC: Anyone currently in the position of resident or year of added competency.


  • 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.

    You will also receive a physical copy of the Medical Care of the Dying Companion Book.

    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
    • Serious Illness Conversations
    • Cannabis
    • 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
    • Care Through Final Days
    • Palliative Emergencies
  • Course Format
    • Online multimedia learning from April 1st – May 20th
    • Course textbook PDF (pre-reading for the course) 4th edition Medical Care of the Dying, is included in the registration fee.
    • In-person learning including
      • Topic reviews and discussions
      • Videos and multimedia presentations
      • Large and small group discussions
      • Case-based problem solving sessions

  • Course Fee

    The course fees include online learning including 3 days of instruction, learning resources, a PDF copy of the text Medical Care of the Dying, a physical copy of the Medical Care of the Dying Companion Guide, and light on-site refreshments.