Enhanced Skills Program: Palliative Care 12 Month Program

Palliative Care 12 Month Program  

Overall Program Vision

The Palliative Care Enhanced Skills 12 Month Program at the University of Toronto is accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The overall goals of the program are:
(1) to provide physicians with added competency in the area of palliative care and prepare them to provide primary and consultant palliative care services; and
(2) to provide training for physicians who intend to pursue academic careers in palliative care.

Program and Application Eligibility

Funding: Ministry of Health

Those who are currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of application.

*Residents who are in or have completed an RCPSC accredited residency program will need to apply through CaRMS. Please contact the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto for more information.

Funding: Ministry of Health Re-entry*

Practicing physicians (CCFP)
Applicants must apply directly through the Ministry of Health Re-entry program. Please visit 2017-2018 Re-Entry Program for more information on eligibility requirements.

Sponsored Visa Trainees

This program accepts sponsored visa trainee applicants* from countries with a current training agreement with the University of Toronto Post MD Education Office.                                                                                                             Sponsored visa applicants from the following countries are eligible to apply: Bahrain, Dominica, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

To apply or for more information on the application process, please visit the Post MD Education website 

*Selection determined by application program review and program capacity

Length of Program

12 months (52 weeks) full-time

Curriculum Competencies

The Palliative Care Enhanced Skills 12 Month Program adheres to the CanMEDS-FM goals and objectives to achieve the following competencies:

  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Scholar
  • Health Advocate
  • Professional

For complete details, please click here to view the general educational objectives and competencies.

Sample Rotation
Mandatory Content of Training: Our program includes 9 mandatory blocks:

Rotation Duration Potential Training Site
Inpatient Consultation Services 2 blocks

Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto General Hospital
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Home Palliative Care 2 blocks Mount Sinai Hospital (Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care (TLPCP)
Inpatient Palliative Care Unit 2 blocks

University Health Network (Princess Margaret Hospital) St. Michael’s, Baycrest Hospital

Medical + Radiation Oncology 1 block Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Odette Cancer Centre)
Psychosocial Oncology 1 block University Health Network (Princess Margaret Hospital)
Community Hospital Service 1 Block Southlake Regional Hospital, TRI-Credit Valley Hospital, Toronto East General Hospital, North York General Hospital

Read program Goals and Objectives TO Objectives Competencies.pdf (191.54 KB)

Elective Content of Training, program includes 3 blocks of elective rotations:

Rotation Duration Potential Training Site

3 blocks

Negotiated individually, with approval of PD
Selective 1 1 block Must be in a non-malignant palliative care domain
(e.g. geriatrics, CHF, ESRD, paediatrics, geriatrics, heart failure, renal failure etc.)

A longitudinal, three-month, half-day clinic is also a part of the program. This ambulatory clinic occurs at either the Odette Cancer Centre or Princess Margaret Hospital and allows residents the opportunity to see new consults, create a management plan and follow individuals over time. Trainees see patients independently and are also observed. Feedback is provided on clinical judgement and management plans, along with verbal and written communication skills.

Unique Program Requirements

The program has a strong academic component centered around protected half-day sessions on Thursday mornings. This includes weekly seminars on key topics, journal clubs, and complex case rounds. Trainees are responsible for presenting at one journal club and one complex case round during the year. In addition, we have a day-long communication workshop, and monthly national webinars on core topics. Residents are required to complete a scholarly project, which may have a research, education, or quality improvement focus. Finally, there is a longitudinal resident wellness curriculum

Program Director

Dr. Niren Shetty
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street 4 South
Toronto, ON  M2K 1E2
p. 416-946-4049

Ms. Elicia Bryant
Program Administrator
500 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7
P: 416-946-4049
F: 416-978-8179

For further questions or clarification please contact Elicia Bryant

To Apply

Note that the application process for the Palliative Care Enhanced Skills 12 Month Program has been harmonized with that of the Palliative Care Enhanced Skills 6 Month Program.  Please view the Palliative Care Enhanced Skills 6 Month Program for further details.  

Since the training objectives of these two programs overlap, and in the past, many applicants from family medicine residency programs have chosen to apply to both programs, there will be one single process for applying to either or both of the Palliative Care (6 months and/or 12-months programs).

Please note that as part of the application process you will be asked to indicate if you are applying to the 6 months, 12 months or both Palliative Care Enhanced Skills Programs. If you are applying to BOTH programs you will be asked during the online application process to rank your preferred choice in your letter of intent.

Please read the program descriptions carefully before making this decision.

To apply, please visit:




Application Process Opens: August 21, 2017
Application Deadline: October 6, 2017
Interview Period: October 27 - November 30, 2017
Notification of Acceptance:  December 7, 2017

Deadline for Acceptance: December 15, 2017


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