One-day, award-winning palliative care course for paramedics and Emergency Medical Service professionals.

LEAP Paramedic is a blended learning course for paramedics and Emergency Medical Service professionals that teaches the essential practical knowledge, attitudes, and skills to provide a palliative care approach on-site. LEAP Paramedic is taught by local paramedic experts and experienced palliative care practitioners.


Who is it for?

LEAP Paramedic is ideal for paramedics and Emergency Medical Service professionals.

LEAP Paramedic promotes teamwork, enhances transitions of care, and catalyzes quality improvement initiatives in daily practice and within teams.


Course Features

  • 6-8 hours of online learning
  • 6 hours of case-based face-to-face discussions
  • Interprofessional approach
  • Built by Canadian palliative care experts
  • Course materials include a downloadable manual and the Pallium Web App


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of LEAP Paramedic, learners should be able to:

  • Identify patients who could benefit from a palliative care approach earlier in the illness trajectory
  • Describe a framework to assist in making clinical decisions related to palliative and end-of-life care
  • Assess and recommend an initial treatment plan for pain; delirium; dyspnea; and nausea, vomiting, and hydration
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of palliative care emergencies
  • Perform essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work
  • Recognize signs of imminent death and describe your role in preparing patients and families for last days and hours


Course Modules

Online Modules

  • Taking Ownership
  • Decision Making and Advance Care Planning
  • Pain
  • Dyspnea
  • Nausea, Vomiting, and Hydration
  • Palliative Emergencies
  • Psychosocial Distress


Face-to-face Modules

  • Shifting Paradigms
  • Clinical Scenarios and Decision Making
  • Delirium
  • Pain and Gastrointestinal Symptoms
  • Essential Conversations
  • Respiratory and Last Days

Upcoming 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.

  • Cheryl Cameron, M.Ed., ACP (AB) (Alberta Lead)
  • Dr. Lisa Fischer, MD, FRCPC (Emergency Medicine & Palliative Care Physician) (ON)
  • Katherine Houde, ACP Paramedic, EHS (NS) (Nova Scotia Lead)
  • Dr. José Luis Pereira, MBChB, DA, CCFP, MSc (ON)
  • Dr. Erin O’Connor, MSc MD FRCPC (Emergency Medicine & Palliative Care Physician) (ON)
  • Dr. Lori Teeple, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP (ON)
  • Darcy Clinton, Paramedic Chief/General Manager and Paramedic, Island EMS (PEI)
  • Dr. Jolene Cook, ED Physician (NS)
  • Sandee Crooks, ACP Paramedic, EHS (NS)
  • Mark Walker, Manager of Clinical Services & ACP Paramedic, EHS (NS)
  • Shawn Westbury, Eastern Operations Manager and Paramedic, Island EMS (PEI)
  • Daniel Andrew, EMT-P (ACP) (AB)
  • Tara Bester, EMT-A (PCP) (AB)
  • Belle Clark, EMT-P (ACP) (AB)
  • Erin Hosaluk, ACP (SK)
  • Corey Lapalme, ACP (ON)
  • Simon Tye, EMT-A (PCP) (AB)
  • Tyler Vanderveen, EMT-P (ACP) (AB)
  • Jack Zhang, EMT-A (PCP) (AB)