Palliative Care: Medical Intensive Course

Please note: New Prerequisite - Pallium Canada LEAP Core Program

Following a recent renewal and revision of this course, the course content now addresses intermediate and some advanced professional competencies. Therefore we strongly encourage learners to take the LEAP Core Program prior to attending our course. Please consult the Pallium Canada website for the topics and competencies addressed by LEAP Core. If you have not taken LEAP Core but still want to register for our Medical Intensive Course you will be able to do it, however, please be advised that basic content will not be the focus of the course.










Victoria Hospice's 5-day 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 settings, 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.

Find out more about the Palliative Care: Medical Intensive course goals, content, format, course fees, textbook or course testimonials.

The PCMI addresses mostly clinical aspects of palliative care.  Psychosocial aspects of palliative care are addressed in our 5-day course, Psychosocial Care of the Dying and Bereaved.  Each course can be taken independently.

Palliative Care: Medical Intensive Course 2017:

The next course runs November 20th-24th, 2017 in Victoria BC. REGISTRATION OPEN NOW- See below!!

Details: November 20th-24th, 2017

Location: Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria BC - Book early to get the best rates! 


Rate Schedule:

Course Fees


Early Bird Rate

(Until August 28th)               


Regular Rate (Aug.29th- October.31st)                     


Late ( November 1st- November 20th)                  

Professional $995.00                              $1115.00                                   $1195.00                    

Family Practice Resident/YAC




$700.00 $700.00
Student (Proof of Enrollment Required) $610.00 $670.00 $730.00

Cancellations, Refunds, and Transfer Policy: 

If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Victoria Hospice's Event Coordinator, Brittany Clark.  Full refunds, minus a $25 cancellation fee, are available up until 30 days before the course start date.  Within 30 days of the course start date, no refunds will be issued.   

Course Fees Include:

Your course fees include tuition, the course textbook (see below), digital copies of course handouts, daily continental breakfast, daily morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and lunch on Monday and Friday.

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 several weeks before the course start date

For those looking to expand their library of palliative care resources, Victoria Hospice has additional publications available on our website's online bookstore

REGISTER HERE for the PCMI 2017                


DID YOU KNOW?  We offer the Palliative Care Medical Intensive course bi-annually! 


  •  Palliative Care Medical Intensive Course course dates for our spring session are April 23rd-27th 2018 in Richmond, BC 


  • Palliative Care Medical Intensive Course: November 2018, Victoria, BC- Specific dates-TBA

For more information, please contact Victoria Hospice Education & Research at 250-370-8283 or by email [email protected] 

Course Goals/ Objectives 

  • Recognize the diversity of people’s 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.

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Course Content

  • Ethical Aspects of End of Life Care
  • Breaking Bad News
  • Pain Assessment and Etiology
  • Basic and Advanced Pain Management
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Neurological Issues
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Using a Palliative Approach in Non-Cancer Illness
  • Pediactric Care
  • Spiritual Care
  • Palliative Sedation
  • Care in Rural or Remote Sites
  • Care Through Final Days
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Palliative Emergencies

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Course Format

  • Course textbook PDF (pre-reading for the course) 4th edition Medical Care of the Dying, is included in the registration fee.
  • Topic reviews and discussions
  • Videos and multimedia presentations
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Case-based problem solving sessions

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Course Fee

The course fees include 5 days of instruction, learning resources, a copy of the text Medical Care of the Dying PDF, 5 Continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, and daily coffee breaks. 

Student Rates:

Financial Need Rates:  

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Course Textbook

"I recommend this book highly. It is helpful for people in palliative care, but its clarity and practicality are such that I hope it finds a home on general acute care wards, the offices of primary physicians, and hospital out-patient departments."  — Journal of Palliative Care

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 Course Testimonials

“I learned a tremendous amount about palliative care and feel privileged to have learned from many brilliant and compassionate people. I will go back to my facility filled with ideas and the confidence to present them to our team and to improve our palliative care program. Thank you, Victoria Hospice.”

“Worth every penny and time it took to get here – thank you all so much”

“Fabulous course – went beyond my expectations”

“Wonderful opportunities to share with colleagues”

“Excellent speakers, knowledgeable and such caring people”

“This course was excellent!! I appreciated and valued every single day, speaker and presentation”

“Best education week for me – EVER!”

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Quality end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing advancing illness, death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate care, education, research and advocacy.