Palliative Care Medicine Program



Clinical

The Palliative Care Medicine Program (PCMP) addresses issues of pain and symptom management, psychosocial distress, and end-of-life care for the population of Southeastern Ontario.  In-patient consultative services are provided at the Kingston General (KGH) and Providence Care Hospitals.  Out-patient consultative services for cancer patients are available through the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario at KGH.  The PCMP also offers telephone consultative services for community physicians throughout the region.  The PCMP provides primary palliative care for three Complex Palliative Beds at KGH, ten designated beds at Providence Care Hospital (PCU), and community patients requiring enhanced palliative skills.  Primary care for palliative care patients in the community is provided if the family physician is unable to provide the service and requests assistance. One of the Palliative Care Medicine Program physicians is on call 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Education

Undergraduate - The Palliative Care Medicine Program participates in the undergraduate medical curriculum through presentations on pain and symptom management in palliative patients, case discussions, and involvement of students with home palliative visits and observerships. The PCMP contributes further to the undergraduate program through clinical skills and clinical clerkship supervision, and in other undergraduate courses, such as Critical Appraisal, when possible.

Postgraduate - The Palliative Care Medicine Program is responsible for the one-year conjointly accredited Palliative Medicine Residency Program.  The PCMP provides teaching and supervision for residents from Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Oncology, and other programs who spend block rotations in palliative care.  The PCMP participates in various educational sessions as part of the Departments of Oncology, Medicine, and Family Medicine. 

CME/Professional Development - The Palliative Care Medicine Program provides accredited continuing medical education courses for family physicians, and others, on palliative care topics and collaborative practice.  It offers weekly Academic Palliative Care Rounds. Once monthly, the Rounds are fideoconferenced regionally.

Research

Research involvement is collaborative especially with the Departments of Oncology, Medicine, and Clinical Epidemiology.  The PCMP is closely affiliated with the Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology at the Queen’s Cancer Research Institute.  Areas of interest are symptom management, interprofessional collaborative practice, and health services research.

Leadership/Management/Administration

Internally, the PCMP participates in working groups, committees, and advisory groups within hospitals and associated with the Departments of Oncology, Medicine, and Family Medicine.  It also functions in a number of roles on committees and working groups at Queen’s University and the Queen’s Cancer Research Institute.  Externally, membership on national and provincial palliative care committees and initiatives demonstrates commitment to the educational, research, and leadership roles of the Service.