Enhanced Skills Program: Academic Palliative Care 12 Month Program

Academic Palliative Care

12 Month Program


Overall Program Vision

The Academic Palliative Care Enhanced Skills (12 Month Program) at the University of Toronto is accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The overall goals of the program are:
(1) to provide physicians with added competency in the area of palliative care and prepare them to provide primary and consultant palliative care services; and
(2) to provide training for physicians who intend to pursue academic careers in palliative care.

Program and Application Eligibily

Funding: Ministry of Health

Those who are currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of application.

*Residents who are in or have completed an RCPSC accredited residency program will need to apply through CaRMS. Please contact the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto for more information

Funding: Ministry of Health Re-entry*

Practicing physicians (CCFP)

Applicants must apply directly through the Ministry of Health Re-entry program.

Please see the application form below for more details. 

Sponsored Visa Trainees

This program accepts sponsored visa trainee applicants* from countries with a current training agreement with the University of Toronto Post MD Education Office.                                                                                                    

Sponsored visa applicants from the following countries are eligible to apply: Bahrain, Dominica, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Our program is unable to consider applicants from countries where a training agreement is not currently in place.

To apply or for more information on the application process, please visit the Post MD Education website 

*Selection determined by application program review and program capacity

Length of Program

12 months (52 weeks) full-time

Curriculum Competencies

The Palliative Care Enhanced Skills 12 Month Program adheres to the CanMEDS-FM goals and objectives to achieve the following competencies:

  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Scholar
  • Health Advocate
  • Professional

For complete details, please click here to view the general educational objectives and competencies.

Sample Rotation
Mandatory Content of Training: Our program includes 9 mandatory blocks:

Rotation Duration Potential Training Site
Inpatient Consultation Services 2 blocks

Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto General Hospital
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Home Palliative Care 2 blocks Mount Sinai Hospital (Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care (TLPCP)
Inpatient Palliative Care Unit 2 blocks

University Health Network (Princess Margaret Hospital) St. Michael’s, Baycrest Hospital

Medical + Radiation Oncology 1 block Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Odette Cancer Centre)
Psychosocial Oncology 1 block University Health Network (Princess Margaret Hospital)
Community Hospital Service 1 Block Southlake Regional Hospital, Trillium Health Partners-Credit Valley Hospital & Mississauga Hospital, Toronto East General Hospital, North York General Hospital

Read program Goals and Objectives below:

Elective Content of Training, program includes 3 blocks of elective rotations:

Rotation Duration Potential Training Site

2 blocks

Negotiated individually, with approval of PD
Selective 1 1 block Must be in a non-malignant palliative care domain
(e.g. geriatrics, CHF, ESRD, paediatrics, geriatrics, heart failure, renal failure etc.)

A longitudinal, three-month, half-day clinic is also a part of the program. This ambulatory clinic occurs at either the Odette Cancer Centre or Princess Margaret Hospital and allows residents the opportunity to see new consults, create a management plan and follow individuals over time. Trainees see patients independently and are also observed. Feedback is provided on clinical judgement and management plans, along with verbal and written communication skills.

Unique Program Requirements

The program has a strong academic component centered around protected half-day sessions on Thursday mornings. This includes weekly seminars on key topics, journal clubs, and complex case rounds. Trainees are responsible for presenting at one journal club and one complex case round during the year. In addition, we have a day-long communication workshop, and monthly national webinars on core topics. Residents are required to complete a scholarly project, which may have a research, education, or quality improvement focus. Finally, there is a longitudinal resident wellness curriculum

Program Director

Dr. Sarah Kawaguchi
Mount Sinai Hospital
Temmy Latner Centre
60 Murray Street, 4th Floor
Toronto ON  M5T 3L9
Phone: 416-586-4800 Ext. 6898

Program Administrator
500 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7
P: 416-978-1019
F: 416-978-8179

For further questions or clarification, please contact fammed.enhanced@utoronto.ca

To Apply

Note that the application process for the Academic Palliative Care Enhanced Skills 12 Month Program has been harmonized with that of the Clinical Palliative Care Enhanced Skills 6 Month Program.  Please view the Palliative Care Enhanced Skills 6 Month Program for further details. 

Please note that as part of the application process you will be asked to indicate if you are applying to the 6 months or 12 months programs (applicants are unable to apply to both the 6 month and 12 month program).

Please read the program descriptions carefully before making this decision.


We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year starting August 26, 2019. Complete the application form and include a letter of intent, current CV and a copy of your medical degree.

Interviews will be held on November 15, 2019.