SE04 – The Canadian MAiD Curriculum Project

SE04 – The Canadian MAiD Curriculum Project

Thursday, Oct. 19
12:00 – 13:30 (1.5 hrs)
Meeting Room: Grand Ballroom (Grand Ballroom level – North Tower)
Stefanie Green*, MCDM, CCFP; Alexandra McPherson, MHSc, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry)

CanMEDS Roles:

1. Medical Expert
2. Communicator
3. Leader

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1) Appreciate the need for the Canadian MAiD Curriculum as well as the relevance of this curriculum to psychiatrists and those interested in education around MAiD and mental health disorders; 2) Appreciate the robust development and evaluation process utilized in developing the curriculum; and 3) Preview some examples of content of the Canadian MAiD Curriculum.

The Canadian MAID Curriculum project is the first comprehensive, nationally accredited, bilingual MAID training program with the aim to help standardize the approach to MAID assessments and procedures across multiple provincial/territorial jurisdictions in Canada. In this presentation, we will discuss the need for this course, the nature of its development, the curriculum itself, and some early evaluations of its ability to affect the confidence and knowledge of its learners. We will then focus on the specific relevance of this curriculum to psychiatrists. We will briefly explore some psychiatrists’ concerns around MAiD practice, how the curriculum addresses these, and how it supports education around MAiD and mental health disorders.

1. Freeland A, Godkin D, Dembo J. Medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for persons whose sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder: Challenges and considerations. Can J Psychiatry 2022;67(1):71-87.
2. Stewart DE, Rodin G, Li M. Consultation-liaison psychiatry and physician-assisted death. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2018;55:15-19.