Education on End-of-Life Care and Assisted Dying

    Education on End-of-Life Care and Assisted Dying

    Project Summary

    The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on Feb. 6, 2015, to strike down the Criminal Code absolute prohibition on providing assisted dying paved the way to the legalization of medical assistance in dying and, thus, a new medical service.  There is a knowledge gap that our members and other physician groups have identified and a need to build a standardized level of knowledge and capacity.

    Project Objectives

    To address this knowledge gap and to support a key strategic priority for the CMA, an educational program was designed and delivered as follows:

    • an online, self-led module that provides core information on assisted dying that is expected to be of interest to all practising physicians. The module is a pre-requisite for the face-to-face course.
    • an advanced face-to-face course in which physicians who wish to offer assisted dying to their patients can acquire the information they need.

    Feedback from participants in the module and the course will guide refinements to both.


    Start Date:2/5/2016
    Anticipated End Date:12/31/2016
    • Sponsor / Lead Organization:
    • Canadian Medical Association

    Interested in Learning More? Email Ms. Patricia Lightfoot directly at