McMaster University

McMaster University

Continuing Education - LEAP (Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End of Life Care)

Regional Weekend (Friday/Saturday) Course

The Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University is pleased to be a host organization for Pallium's Learning Essentials Approaches to Palliative and End of Life Care (LEAP). The LEAP course provides an opportunity for active learning about current best-practice in caring for patients with life-threatening and life-limiting illness, with a special focus on family practice and community settings.

The course emphasizes reflection and learning about palliative care in a collegial, retreat-based format.

It has been designed with input from, and for, rural health professionals (i.e. physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, RN case managers and hospitalists, pharmacists, social workers and psychospiritual advisors). It is aimed at health professional teams who are committed to providing quality care, especially pain and symptom management, in the context of collaborative, community and clinic-based settings.

McMaster utilizes Pallium trained facilitators for this accredited program. Courses are planned and delivered yearly for designated geographic regions within the McMaster catchment area. However, additional courses and contract requests may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The LEAP course is typically held over a consecutive Friday/Saturday, but there is room for discussion and flexibility with the schedule.

The 2-day Pallium LEAP course is accredited through the “Mainpro+” program of the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 26.5 Certified Group Learning Credits.


Topics Covered:

  • Module 1: Being Aware
  • Module 2: Taking Ownership
  • Module 3: Pain
  • Module 4: Decision Making
  • Module 5: GI/Nutrition/Hydration
  • Module 6: Delirium
  • Module 7: Grief
  • Module 8: Respiratory Symptoms
  • Module 9: Psychological and Spiritual Care
  • Module 10: Advance Care Planning
  • Module 11: Essential Conversations
  • Module 12: Last Days Hours
  • Module 13: Palliative Sedation
  • Module 14: Moving Forward/Effective Change/Resources/Commitment to Change



  • McMaster LEAP Courses in 2020
    • Hamilton - Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8, 2020:  course schedule   registration form
    • Hamilton - Friday, April 3 & Saturday, April 4, 2020:¬†Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
    • Hamilton - Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25, 2020:¬†Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
    • email completed registration forms to


  • Clicking on the web-link above will provide you with more information specific to the location, including the link to the application form.
  • The registration process is two-stepped.
    • Click on the course/date of interest (above) which will contain a link to the application form for that event. Complete the application form and submit this to the Division along with payment to McMaster University.
    • Once the application is approved, you will be given more directions and a course key that will allow you access to the Pallium Portal. Once officially logged in to the course, you will have access to all the pre-course surveys, which are mandatory to complete prior to arrival at the course 


Cost of the Course: Payable to McMaster University

For Non-Physicians: $315

  • Of which $115 is the Pallium fee and will be sent to Pallium - enables 1 year access to the Pallium LMS website, includes updates/resources
  • The remaining amount covers course materials, meals and facilitator fees


For Physicians Interested in the Mainpro+ System Credits: $375


  • Of which $175 is the Pallium fee and will be sent to Pallium- covers the cost of processing the 26.5 Certified Group Learning Credit submissions. Also, enables 1 year access to the Pallium LMS website, includes updates/resources
  • The remaining amount covers the course materials and meals.


For non McMaster courses you can register directly with Pallium Canada



For inquiries, please contact:

Tracy MacKinnon
Education Program Associate
McMaster University
Division of Palliative Care, Dept of Family Medicine
David Braley Health Sciences Centre

100 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H6
Phone: (905)-525-9140 ext. 20494


This course is subsidized by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

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