Palliative Care

Palliative Care


  • To develop communication skills that lead to a therapeutic relationship with patients who are terminally ill and their families.
  • To experience an interdisciplinary team and a wholistic approach to assessment and management of patients.


During the elective, the student, under the supervision of a Palliative Care Physician, will admit and assist in the care of patients as a member of the interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers, or assist in the consultation of admitted patients under other services. Orientation materials and educational sessions are provided. Students are encouraged to consider reflective practice with a focus on personal objectives.

Contact: Sarah Marsaw

Palliative Care Unit - Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital
Patient Consults - Ottawa Hospital, General or Civic Campus
Regional Palliative Consultation Team - Community and home visits, based out of Bruyère Hospital

Duration: 2, 3 or 4 weeks for 4th year students

No. of Students: Varies from site to site

NOTE:  1st and 2nd  year students can do 10 or 20 hour observerships.


Interprofessional Palliative Care Course: An Introduction to Clinical Perspectives (NSG3300E)

A new and exciting elective interprofessional online course!

Learning activities: Over the course of 2 weekend sessions (one at the beginning of the course, and one at the end of the course) students will be introduced to the principles and norms of hospice palliative care, basic approaches to pain and symptom control, grief and bereavement and ethical and legal frameworks for decision making and advance directives at the end of life.

In between these 2 sessions students will participate in award winning interprofessional learning modules that incorporate on-line facilitated discussions, group work and assignments. You will follow two virtual patients and families through complex cases, severe suffering, and care provision in the last hours of life. 

  • Flexible schedule
  • Innovative learning methods
  • Sound clinical instruction
  • Interprofessional dialogue

Register NOW through your faculty.

For more information regarding registration please contact:

Suzanne Biagé in the FHS academic secretariat

613-562-5800 x 8062

For more information about the course please contact:

Susan Brajtman, RN PhD

613-562-5800 x 8418

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