One-day, award-winning palliative care course for health care professionals working in emergency departments or medical crisis units.

LEAP Emergency Department is an interprofessional course that provides health care professionals with the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach, with course modules and case studies contextualized to the emergency department setting. LEAP Emergency Department is taught by local subject matter experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.

LEAP Emergency Department is available in English only.

Who is it for?

LEAP Emergency Department is ideal for any health care professional (e.g. physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, etc.) working in emergency departments or medical crisis units, whose primary focus of work is not palliative care but who provides care for patients with life-threatening and progressive life-limiting illnesses.


Course Features

  • One day, 8 hours in total
  • Face-to-face learning with group discussion and case studies
  • Interprofessional approach
  • Built by Canadian palliative care experts
  • Course materials include a downloadable manual and the best-selling resource, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook



This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 16 Mainpro+ credits. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 7.75 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of LEAP Emergency Department, learners should be able to:

  • Identify patients who could benefit from a palliative care approach earlier in the illness trajectory
  • Differentiate between advance care planning and goals of care discussions
  • Assess and manage pain; delirium; dyspnea; and nausea, nutrition, and hydration
  • Develop plans to address spiritual, religious, or psychosocial needs
  • Initiate essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work
  • Describe situations that are deemed to constitute emergencies in patients who are in the end-of-life phase of their illnesses
  • Recognize the signs of imminent death and explain these to family members
  • Identify quality improvement opportunities related to palliative care


Topics Covered Include

  • Taking Ownership
  • Decision-Making
  • Pain
  • Essential Conversations
  • Symptoms
  • Psychosocial Distress
  • Palliative Emergencies
  • Care of the Imminently Dying Patient
  • Quality Improvement and Resources

Upcoming Sessions

There are currently no upcoming LEAP Emergency Department sessions.

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LEAP courses are developed and peer-reviewed by volunteer pan-Canadian teams of subject matter experts who are committed to promoting the palliative care approach.

Course development & contributors
  • José Pereira, MBChB, CCFP(PC), MSc, FCFP Scientific Officer, Pallium Canada Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Erin O’Connor, MSc, MD, FRCPC
  • Lisa M Fischer, MD, FRCP, Assistant professor, University of Ottawa, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Palliative Care, the Ottawa Hospital
  • David Williscroft, BSc, MD, CCFP(EM) FCFP, Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Palliative Care
  • Shona MacLaghlan, BScN, BSM, MD FRCPC EM, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Palliative Care, University of Alberta Hospital & Stollery Children's Hospital
  • Jennifer Hughes, MD, CCFP (EM) (PC)
  • Christian La Rivière, MD, FRCPC, Medical Director, Palliative Care Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Assistant Professor, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Emergency Medicine Physician, Palliative Medicine Physician
Peer Reviewers
  • Amit Arya, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Palliative Care Physician, Division of Supportive & Palliative Care, William Osler Health System, Lecturer, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
  • Judy Jones, Senior Social Worker, Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Lisa Marie Rebello, RN, BScN, MN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care, University Health Network – Toronto General Hospital
  • Shayda Ziai, MD CCFP, Physician, Division of Supportive & Palliative Care, William Osler Health System: Brampton Civic Hospital
  • Francesco Mule, MD, FACEP, Emergency Medicine, Chief, Emergency Department Northumberland Hills Hospital