Subspecialty Approved!

Letter from Dr. Doris Barwich, President, CSPCP

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that, after many years, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has officially approved the recognition of Palliative Medicine as a two-year subspecialty.

Preliminary information is as follows:

1. The subspecialty will have multiple entry routes although Internal Medicine, Anaesthesia, Neurology and Paediatrics are the base specialties.

2. Physicians from other specialties, including Family Medicine, who can demonstrate the necessary prerequisite competencies, will be allowed access to the subspecialty.

3. There will also be a practice-eligible route open to all physicians including Family Medicine.

4. There will be no grandfathering option.

A Working Group is being established by the Royal College to oversee the implementation, finalize the specialty specific documents (as well as documentation to support a Practice Eligible route) as well as the appointment of the Specialty Committee to oversee the subspecialty discipline. This Working Group, with representation from the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, will be co-chaired by Drs. Deb Dudgeon and Cori Schroder who have so ably led the Conjoint Advisory Committee (CACPM) to this point. The Conjoint Committee will also continue to supervise the one year conjoint program until the implementation of the new subspecialty is underway.
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