Program Information

Background | Expectations | Computer Requirements | Education Research | Committee | Contributors

Background

The Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (2002) indicated the need for change in end-of-life care to support a growing and aging population. Several studies have examined the lack of comprehensive palliative care training in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education (Wear, 2002; Weisssman, and Bloke, 2002). In Canada, The EFPPEC project (Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End of Life Care) is attempting to address this gap by developing core competencies for undergraduate and postgraduate education. 

The Goal of this rotation is to provide residents with an educational program that will implement these core competencies and ensures that residents who rotate through our program receive the training required to provide effective and competent care to their dying patients.

This web-based curriculum is intended to augment clinical learning experiences, ensure that all the core competencies are covered, and ensure educational consistency for trainee and clinical preceptors.

The topics to be covered will include:

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Expectations

The online component is composed of five case-based, self-directed learning modules. the first module is to be completed before the start of the rotation and the remaining four will be assigned each week of the clinical rotation. Residents will be expected to devote approximately five hours per week to online self-directed learning. Residents will have protected time during their rotation to work on the program but this does not preclude them from doing some of the work after hours. Residents will be required to complete a pre-test at the beginning of the rotation for self-assessment of knowledge gaps and/or misconceptions and a post-test at the end of the rotation.

Clinical preceptors will integrate knowledge from the modules on the wards and will be expected to debrief modules with student for at least one to two hours each week.

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Computer & Internet Requirements


The web-based curriculum will be available anytime, anywhere there is a computer and internet connection. Residents can access the program from home or hospital, day or night.

High speed Internet access is preferred for viewing digital video vignettes optimized for Windowsand Quicktime media players. If you require a Windows or Quicktime media player please download and install this free software now. If high speed access is not readily available to you, please do not be concerned; all digital video vignettes are also available in a quick display, Text Only version. 

* Please disable any software that prevents the use of pop-up windows. 

You will require one of Windows Media Player or QuickTime Player to view the videos.
If you do not have either of these players, please download one now:

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Education Research


This program is being conducted as a Knowledge Translation research study (Ethical Protocol, Simcoe Hall, University of Toronto). All users of this site will automatically be enrolled in the study. All aggregate data will be reported anonymously. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you do not wish to participate please email Dr. Anita Singh at  anita.singh@tlcpc.org   

Please read and print a copy of the online Information and Consent Letter.

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Program Committee

Dr. Anita Singh, MD, CCFP
Course Coordinator, Palliative Care Consultant, Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care,
Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Lawrence Librach, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Director, Palliative Care Consultant, Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Jeff Meyers, MD(need initials)

Palliative Care Consultant, Sunnybrook hospital

Dr. Dori Seccareccia, MD, CCFP
Palliative Care Consultant, Princess Margaret Hospital

Dr. Leah Steinberg, MD, CCFP
Palliative Care Consultant, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Christa M. Jeney, MD, CCFP, FCFP, ABHPM

Medical Director Palliative and Supportive Care Service, St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Prof. Leila Lax, BA, BScAAM, MEd
E-Based Education, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Communications, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Meaghan Brierley, BFA, MScBMC

Education Innovation Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

for online media design and programming.

Ju Ho Park, BASc

Education Innovation Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

programming.

Weijun Gao, MSc, MEng
Education Innovation Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

programming.

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Acknowledgements of Program Contributors

We would like to thank the following contributors for their support of the development, implementation and evaluation of this program.

Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, for supporting the development of this program

Ian Anderson Program for End-of-Life Care, for funding the development of this program

Educational Information Technology Summer Student Program 2006, for hosting and funding the development of this program  

Ms. Sandra Langlands, BA, MLS
Director(acting), Gerstein Science Information Centre, for the development of the End of Life Care My.Library Resource Guide.

Standardized Patient Program, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University of Toronto/University Health Network

Discovery Commons, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, for online media design and programming of evaluation forms.

Dr. Glenn Regehr, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University of Toronto, for research consultation.

Dr. Jennifer Arvanitis, MD, CCFP, Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Russell Goldman, MD, CCFP, Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. David Kendal, MD, MCFP, Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Rocco Gerace, MD, EM??, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, for the image on the home page

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