Pallium Canada’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP)

The BC College of Family Physicians is hosting Pallium Canada’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) online course for rural and remote family physicians in BC.

LEAP was created for healthcare professionals working in the community and provides the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach.  It is evidence-based, peer reviewed and evaluated and updated regularly. 

This online course includes 16 self-directed and interactive online modules completed at your own pace (approximately 8 hours of work); 2 three-hour online webinars led by a LEAP facilitator where you will work through cases and discuss the online modules; and an electronic copy of the Pallium palliative pocketbook.

Upon completion of LEAP Online, learners should be able to:
– promote and undertake advance care planning discussions
– assess and manage pain; delirium; gastrointestinal symptoms, hydration, and nutrition; and dyspnea
– recognize/diagnose depression, anxiety, and grief and initiate treatment plans
– 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
– understand and apply the criteria to be met before initiating palliative sedation

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 24 Mainpro+ credits.

Through a generous bequest of a BCCFP member, there is funding available to subsidize the registration fees for those interested in this online course.

For more information on LEAP Online please contact me at