Award-winning palliative care course for health care professionals working in hospital settings.

LEAP™ Hospital 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 hospital setting. LEAP™ Hospital is taught by local subject matter experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.


Who is it for?

LEAP™ Hospital is ideal for any health care professional (e.g., physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, etc.) working in a hospital, who provides care for patients with life-threatening and progressive life-limiting illnesses.


Course features

      • Interprofessional approach
      • Built by Canadian palliative care experts
      • 17 interactive, self-learning online modules completed at your own pace (approximately 8 hours of work).
      • 6 hours of online webinars led by LEAP™ facilitators where learners will work through case studies and discuss learnings from online modules.
      • Learners receive a LEAP™ certificate of completion and an electronic copy of the best-selling resource, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook.



This 2 credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 29.0 Mainpro+ credits.


Learning outcomes

Upon completion of LEAP™ Hospital, 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.
      • Prepare patients and families for last days and hours.
      • Identify quality improvement opportunities related to palliative care.


Topics covered include

      • Taking ownership
      • Transitions, decision-making, and advance care planning
      • Pain
      • Essential conversations
      • Delirium, dyspnea, and nausea
      • Hydration and nutrition
      • Psychological and spiritual needs
      • Last days and hours
      • Quality improvement

Upcoming Sessions

There are currently no upcoming LEAP™ Hospital 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
  • Ingrid Harle, BSc, MD, FRCSC, CCFP-PC, Palliative Medicine physician in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University and Director of Faculty Development for the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Daphna Grossman, MD, CCFP (PC), FCFP, Palliative Care Physician, Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care, Assistant Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine North York General Hospital
  • Valerie Schulz, MD, FRCPC, MPH, Dept of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine Practicing in Palliative Care, Palliative Medicine Associate Dean, CPD Professor, University of Western Ontario
Peer reviewers
  • Sukhjeet Dhillon, MD, CCFP, Palliative Care Physician, Division of Supportive & Palliative Care, William Osler Health System
  • 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
  • John Roderick Davey, MD CCFP (PC), Palliative Care Physician, Division of Supportive & Palliative Care, Brampton Civic Hospital, William Osler Health System, Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University
  • Shayda Ziai, MD CCFP, Physician, Division of Supportive & Palliative Care, William Osler Health System: Brampton Civic Hospital
  • Susan King, MBA, BscOT
  • Jeff Myers, MD, MSEd, Assosiate Professor DFCM - Division of Palliative Care, Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Head - Division of Palliative Care, Palliative Care, Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto