Enhanced Skills Program

Palliative Care

Our Palliative Care program is the first of its kind in Canada. Through this program you will gain expertise in the many facets of palliative care through in-patient, outpatient, and consultative experiences, as well as home visits. You will also participate in oncology clinics and rural palliative care. In addition, your guided research rotation will provide you with the opportunity to hone your critical appraisal skills through the palliative care scholarly project.


Total 13 Blocks = 52 Weeks
1 Block = 4 Weeks

  • Eight weeks supervised training period on the Tertiary Level Palliative Care Unit, located at St. Boniface General Hospital (SBGH)
  • Eight weeks at the Riverview Health Centre Palliative Care Unit
  • Four weeks with the medical oncology service at CancerCare Manitoba
  • Two weeks with the radiation oncology service at CancerCare Manitoba
  • Eight weeks working with the Community Consults and Home Visit Team
  • Six weeks of elective time in an area of study of your choosing. This may include:
    • Interventional anesthesiology
    • Psychiatry
    • Psychosocial oncology
    • Bereavement counselling
    • Other areas related to the delivery of palliative care medicine
  • Four weeks of vacation that can be distributed throughout the training year
  • The final four-week period is Senior Rotation, during which the resident will act as an attending physician on the SBGH Palliative Care Unit

You may choose to participate in the following:

  • Horizontal exposure in CancerCare Manitoba’s Pain and Symptom Clinic
  • Up to one clinic a week in your area of certification
  • Rural experience under the supervision of a rural palliative care practitioner

How to Apply

1) Confirm your eligibility

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • You are eligible for full registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.
  • You have completed a postgraduate certification program as set out by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and/or are in the process of completing. You have completed the certification examinations or be eligible to sit these examinations on the completion of the Palliative Care Program
  • You have current ACLS certification
2) Gather your documents

You will require the following:

  • Resumé
  • Three signed letters of reference written no more than three months before the application deadline
  • Letter of intent, briefly outlining your career and learning goals for the program
  • Certificate of Professional Standing from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba or from the regulatory body of your home province.
3) Complete your application

Your application is considered complete when you have successfully submitted the documents outlined above. No additional application forms are required.

Your documents can be provided to the program coordinator by mail, fax or email (contact information in the column to the right.).

The deadline for submission is November 1 of each year.

4) Notification

You can expect a response to your application by the second week of November. Successful applicants will begin the program July 1 of the following year. 


Upon successful completion of the Palliative Care Enhanced Skills program you will receive a diploma from the University of Manitoba’s College of Medicine.


Program Director
Dr. Michael Volpe
Tel: 204-480-1326
Fax number: 204-789-3988

842B - John Buhler Research Building
727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3E 3P5

Palliative Program Assistant
Cidalia Hodnett
Tel: 204-480-1326
Fax: 204-789-3988

807K - John Buhler Research Building
727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3E 3P5


Please submit applications to:

Enhanced Skills Program Assistant
Jana Mudra 
Tel: 204-594-5352 
Fax: 204-272-3090

P228 Pathology
770 Bannatyne Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3M 3E9