Announcement re the 2-year Subspecialty in Palliative Medicine

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Working Group in Palliative Medicine is pleased to announce that the specialty specific documents for the two-year subspecialties in Adult and Pediatric Palliative Medicine have been finalized. The Specific Standards of Accreditation (SSA), Objectives of Training (OTR), Specialty Training Requirements (STR), and Final In-Training Evaluation Report (FITER) for both streams are now available on the Royal College website ( Medical schools wishing to apply for accreditation of a two-year subspecialty program can contact the Educational Standards Unit ( for applications and deadlines.

With its mandate completed, the Working Group will be been transitioned to a Specialty Committee in Palliative Medicine. The Specialty Committee will focus on developing the criteria for the Practice Eligible Route (PER) and review applications. It is hoped that the first subspecialty training programs in Palliative Medicine in Canada will commence July 1, 2017. An Examination Committee will develop the new credentialing exam with the target date of September 2018 as its initial offering. More information will be available at the Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference in May.

Dr. Deborah Dudgeon, Chair, and Dr. Cori Schroder, Vice-Chair, of the Working Group wish to acknowledge the incredible commitment of the members of the working group. Thank you to:
Dr. James Downar
Dr. David Henderson
Dr. Leonie Herx
Dr. Doreen Oneschuk
Dr. Jana Pilkey
Dr. Valerie Schulz

They also wish to thank Susanne Fletcher and Dr. Jolanta Karpinski at the Royal College for their support throughout the process.