One-day, award-winning palliative care course for health care professionals working in cancer care settings.

LEAP Oncology 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 cancer care setting. LEAP Oncology is taught by local subject matter experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.


Who is it for?

LEAP Oncology is ideal for any health care professional (e.g. physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, etc.) working in cancer care but whose primary focus is not palliative care.


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 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 8.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of LEAP Oncology, 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
  • Identify quality improvement opportunities related to palliative care


Topics Covered Include

  • Taking Ownership
  • Transitions, Decision-Making, and Advance Care Planning
  • Essential Conversations
  • Nausea, Nutrition, and Hydration
  • Pain
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Distress
  • Dyspnea and Delirium
  • Last Days and Hours
  • Quality Improvement

Upcoming Sessions

There are currently no upcoming LEAP Oncology 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.

  • 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, ON
  • Martin Chasen, MBChB FCP(SA) MPhil(Pall Med) (Oncologist)
  • Jennifer Dutka, BSc, Pharmacist, Alberta Health Services
  • Gordon Giddings, MD, CCFP
  • Irma Kritzinger, Palliative Care, Covenant Health Bonnyville, Clinical Lecturer, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
  • Andrew Mai, MD, CCFP
  • Lorelei Sawchuck, MN, RN, CHPCN(C), Nurse Practitioner & Education Lead Palliative Institute, Covenant Health, c/o Grey Nuns Community Hospital
  • Yoko Tarumi, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Care Medicine, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, Symptom Control & Palliative Care Department, Cross Cancer Institute
  • Sharon Watanabe, MD, FRCPC, Professor and Director, Division of Palliative Care Medicine, Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Director, Department of Symptom Control and Palliative Care, Cross Cancer Institute
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
  • Martin Chasen, MBChB FCP(SA) MPhil(Pall Med) (Oncologist)
  • J. David Henderson, Senior Medical Director Integrated Palliative Care NSHA, Medical Director Colchester East Hants Palliative Care Service, Past President CSPCP, Chair Section Palliative Medicine CFPC