One-day, award-winning palliative care course for health care professionals.

LEAP™ Mini is an interprofessional course that provides health care professionals with a condensed, one-day learning experience on the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. LEAP™ Mini is taught by local experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.


Who is it for?

LEAP™ Mini is ideal for any health care professional (e.g., physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker) whose primary focus of work is not palliative care but who provides care for patients with life-threatening and progressive life-limiting illnesses.

LEAP™ Mini promotes teamwork, supports interprofessional collaboration, and fosters connections among providers in different agencies who work together (e.g., community-based family physicians, home care nurses, and community pharmacists).


Course features

      • One day, 8.5 hours in total.
      • Interprofessional approach.
      • Built by Canadian palliative care experts.
      • Learners receive a LEAP™ certificate of completion and an electronic copy of the best-selling resource, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook.
      • Face-to-face learning led by LEAP™ facilitators where learners will participate in group discussions and work through case studies.



This 2 credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 16.50 Mainpro+ credits.

LEAP™ Mini is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for 8.25 hours.


Learning outcomes

Upon completion of LEAP™ Mini, learners should be able to:

      • Identify patients who could benefit from a palliative care approach earlier in the illness trajectory.
      • Promote and undertake Advance Care Planning 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.


Topics covered include

      • Taking ownership
      • Advance Care Planning and decision-making
      • Pain
      • Dyspnea
      • Essential conversations
      • Delirium
      • Nausea, nutrition, and hydration
      • Psychological distress
      • Last days and hours

Upcoming Sessions

There are currently no upcoming LEAP™ Mini 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 Lead
  • 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
Contributors & Reviewers
  • Maryse Bouvette, BScN, MEd., CON(C), CHPCN(C) Coordinator of the Regional Palliative Consultation Team (RPCT) Palliative Care Advance Practice Nurse Consultant, Bruyere Continuing Care
  • Jennifer Brodeur, MD, CCFP Palliative Care Physician, Central Palliative Group
  • Stephanie Buchanan, RN, MHScN, EdD(Candidate), CHPCN(c) Professor/Clinical Instructor Centennial College, Former Pallium Canada Curriculum Developer
  • Sandy Buchman, MD, CCFP (PC), FCFP Associate Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto Education Lead & Family Physician Practising in Palliative Care, The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care
  • Srini Chary, MBBS, CCFP, DA, FRCSEd Consulting Physician, Regional Palliative & Hospice Care, Calgary Zone Faculty, Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology & Family Medicine, Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary Director & Chairman of the Board, Pallium Foundation of Canada
  • Lisa Fischer, MD, FRCPC, dipl Palliative Medicine Attending Physician - Dept of Emergency Medicine and Div of Palliative Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital
  • Gordon Giddings, MD CCFP(PC), FCFP Senior Medical Advisor | Professional Conduct
  • Ingrid Harle, MD, FRCSC, CCFP (PC) Assistant Professor, Depts. of Medicine and Oncology Postgraduate Program Director, Palliative Medicine, Queen’s University Depts. of Medicine and Oncology, Division of Palliative Medicine
  • J. David Henderson, MD, CCFP(PC) Medical Director, Colchester East Hants Palliative Care Service Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine, Dalhousie Univ.
  • Katherine Houde, ACP, FTP Paramedic and Field Trainer, Emergency Medical Care Inc – EMC Field Operations
  • Glen Maddison, M.D. MCFP(EM) Medical Director St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia Adjunct Professor Family Medicine, Western University Clinical Co-Lead Palliative Care Erie St. Clair LHIN
  • Jill Marcella, MSW, RSW North West LHIN Regional Palliative Care Program, St. Joseph’s Care Group
  • Jeff Myers, MD, MSEd, CCFP(PC) Head, Division of Palliative Care, University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Linda Read Paul, RN, MN, CHPCN(C) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care Consult Service – Rural Okotoks Health & Wellness Center
  • Jill Rice, MD, CCFP (PC) Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) Regional Physician Lead (Champlain), Interim Department Chief Palliative Care, Bruyere Continuing Care, Interim Division Head, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Ben Robert, MD, MBA, CCFP (CoE & PC) Medical Director, Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre; Medical Director, Dementia Program, Glebe Centre Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa; Attending Physician, TOH (The Ottawa Hospital) Family Medicine
  • Robert Sauls, MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP Palliative Care Physician, Trillium Health Partners – Credit Valley Hospital Site, Mississauga, ON Lecturer, Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Suzanne Strasberg, M.D., CCFP Physician Lead, Jane Finch Family Health Team
  • Lori Teeple, MD CCFP(EM) FCFP (PC) MD CCFP FCFP (PC – Palliative Care) Associate Professor Medicine and Family Medicine Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University
Inaugural Pilot Site
  • Jane & Finch Family Health Team, Toronto (2014)
  • Ontario College of Family Physician’s Annual CPD Conference (2015)