New Medical Assistance in Dying educational offering for physicians

OTTAWA - July 14, 2016

A new educational offering focused on medical aid in dying is now available for physicians. Designed to assist physicians as they build skills and competencies related to medical assistance in dying, the course is a collaboration between CMA and its new subsidiary, Joule, and represents the culmination of years of work and consultation with physicians.

The program is built in two components to help Canadian physicians understand and respond appropriately to the end-of-life care wishes of their patients, and prepare them for evaluating whether medical assistance in dying is right for their medical practice.

The first component is a 90-minute online foundational module focused on what is involved in a medical assistance in dying request. Participants can also interact through a moderated discussion board and consult an expert through the Ask the Expert function within the course. The online module is free for CMA members and priced at $299 for non-members.

A pilot advanced face to face course will be offered this fall in Vancouver and Toronto and will feature training from a variety of experts in the fields of ethics, palliative care, psychiatry and the CMPA and includes a session with a Dutch physician who will share his experiences with medical assistance in dying (assisted dying has been regulated in the Netherlands since 2002). The online module is a prerequisite for the advanced face-to-face course.

The online course, exclusive to the CMA/Joule, is accredited by the CFPC and RCPSC. For more information, please contact

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