Hot Topics webinars are exclusive to CSPCP members. The webinars are a platform for national networking and conversation with peers from across Canada. At the beginning of each webinar, a speaker will start conversation by providing an opinion on a Hot Topic. The remaining time is for interactive, moderated discussion amongst participants.


The opinions expressed during Hot Topics Webinars (the “Webinars”) are solely those of the presenter and individual participants and do not reflect the views of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (“CSPCP”). The fact that CSPCP hosts the Webinars or posts the presentations in the Members Area of its website does not confirm or imply any endorsement of the content by the CSPCP.

To facilitate open discussion, conversations that follow the presentations are not recorded or posted.

The material and opinions presented in the Webinars are being made available by the CSPCP for educational purposes only. The Webinar content is not intended to reflect or represent the best or only methods, procedures or practices appropriate for the medical situation or situations discussed; rather the content is intended to present the approach, view, statement or opinion of the authors or presenters, which may be helpful, or of interest to other practitioners.

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November 30, 2022 – Is Dexamethasone underutilized in end of life care?

Description: As there is huge discrepancy in practice between palliative care physician dexamethasone utilization in end of life care, we will discuss different dosage practices and look at each side of using too little to using too much. Click hereto view powerpoint presentation.

September 14, 2022 – Train the Brain Before the Drain

Description: Science has shown the brain to have plasticity. Given this, might we train the brain before there is a drain: depletion, demoralization, trauma, compassion fatigue, etc. Can we train the brain towards stamina, resilience, well-being and occupational health as we attend to suffering in our work? This presentation will focus on one such tool, a secular approach to mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. Click hereto view powerpoint presentation.

April 27, 2022 – Public Health Palliative Care, Equity-oriented Care, and Structural Vulnerability

Description: Many people and communities face significant, enduring structural and systemic barriers that severely affect access to health and social care, create health disparities and impinge on people’s quality of life. Framing hospice, palliative care and EOL care around equity and social justice issues are fundamental to a public health palliative care approach. We will share examples of communities of people who benefit greatly when key dimensions of equity-oriented approaches to care are considered.

January 12, 2022 – CSPCP Special Session. Moral Dilemmas: Reflecting on Experiences and Approaches During COVID-19

Special session – Moral Dilemmas posted here

November 10, 2021 – Safer Opioid Prescribing for Patients Receiving Palliative Care

Description: Learn, with presenter Dr. Jenny Lau and moderator Dr. Charlie Chen, about the new recommendations for adult patients receiving palliative care that can prevent, identify, and manage opioid-related harms. Presenter: Dr. Jenny Lau. Moderator: Dr. Charlie Chen

October 22, 2021 – Advocacy: How can we influence policy and funding to embed early palliative care in chronic diseases

Description: Looking back to the past, and sideways to other effective strategies, we will discuss how we might have more influence in our work and community. Please join the dialogue about this fascinating hot topic. Presenter: Dr. Romayne Gallagher. Moderator: Dr. Charlie Chen

October 22 ‘Advocacy’ Slides

May 20, 2021 – Not So Long Term Care: Putting the Focus on Care – A Palliative Care Approach to Care

Description: Prior to COVID, from 2014 to 2019, 22% of all deaths in Ontario occurred in a LTC facility. And that number will surely rise as the aging population moves toward the end of life. Often people in LTC are frail, elderly and nearing end of life. LTC is often a person’s last home. The Ontario LTC COVID-19 Commission suggests that LTC must embrace a Resident Centred Palliative Care Approach. Dr. Janice Legere agrees and shows us the path forward through her model for a palliative approach to care in LTC – a genuine culture change. Please join the dialogue about this evolving hot topic with presenter Dr. Janice Legere and moderator Dr. Charlie Chen.

Nov. 4, 2020 – Psychedelics in Palliative Care: What’s the trip all about?

Description: Palliative medicine is often on the forefront of using techniques or medications in novel ways to treat symptoms and alleviate suffering. The use of psychedelics and accompanying protocols are currently being explored for palliation. Ketamine, MDMA, psilocybin, and even LSD are some of the medications in this group, to name a few. Presenter: Dr. Hayden Rubensohn. Moderator: Dr. Charlie Chen.


The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians Webinar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

CFPC members may claim 1 Mainpro+ Non-certified Group Learning credit.