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  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Welcomes Applications from Medical Schools for the New Two-Year Subspecialty in Palliative Medicine!

    Published Tue Mar 15th 2016

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Office of Specialty Education has released the approved specialty specific documents for the new Adult and Pediatric two-year subspecialties in Palliative Medicine. The documents describe the requirements to be met by residency programs (Specific Standards of Accreditation), the specific training curriculum (Specialty Training Requirements), and the competencies needed to practice as a subspecialist (Objectives of Training Requirements).  Medical schools wishing to apply for accreditation of a program are invited to contact the Educational Standards Unit to inquire regarding upcoming application deadlines (accreditation@royalcollege.ca). Accredited programs will begin to accept residents for July 2017.


    Palliative Medicine was recognized by the Royal College as a new two-year subspecialty in October 2013 in a timely decision to address a broadening scope of practice, and support the need to enhance access and quality of palliative care for all Canadians. The Adult stream is unique in that it allows access to the subspecialty designation for any physician who can demonstrate the necessary prerequisite competencies for the discipline, as defined in the specialty specific documents. 


    Special thanks to Queen’s faculty, Dr. Deborah Dudgeon, Professor, Departments of Medicine and Oncology, and W. Ford Connell Professor in Palliative Care Medicine, and Dr. Cori Schroder, retired Associate Professor, Departments of Oncology and Family Medicine, for their leadership in the establishment of the subspecialty and development of the standards.



    To access documents http://www.royalcollege.ca/rc/faces/oracle/webcenter/portalapp/pages/ibd.jspx?lang=en


    Further information

    Dr. Deborah Dudgeon dudgeond@kgh.kari.net

    34 Barrie Street, 613-548-2485