3rd Annual National Conference on Medical Assistance in Dying

3rd Annual National Conference on Medical Assistance in Dying

MAiD 2019

Target Audience:
  • Family Physicians
  • Specialists
  • Lawyers
  • Policy Makers
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Residents
  • Medical Students
Course Format: Plenaries followed by Questions and Discussions
  • May 31, 2019 to Jun 1, 2019
The Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
1128 West Hastings Street
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Building upon the tremendous success of our 2nd annual national conference held in Ottawa earlier this year, CAMAP- the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers- is thrilled to announce our next conference, MAiD2019, will be proudly hosted in Vancouver, BC on May 31st-June 1st, 2019

British Columbia has quickly established itself as a leader in this new field of medicine and Vancouver is a natural choice to host this important, multidisciplinary gathering. MAiD2019 will be chaired by Dr. Ellen Wiebe who has been at the forefront of assisted dying in Canada and is a co-founder of CAMAP.

 CAMAP is a national not-for-profit medical association whose mission is to support MAiD assessors and providers in their work, educate both the public and the health care community about MAiD, and provide leadership on determining medical standards and guidelines. We expect our conference will once again draw a large, multidisciplinary group of attendees including family physicians, medical specialists, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, legal counsel, administrators and policy makers. Our inaugural conference in 2017 drew over 150 attendees. MAID2018 in Ottawa last spring grew to over 270 registrants and included a number of national partners on our podium (CMA, CMPA, and Health Canada). We expect to attract a large, diverse audience for MAiD2019 as it will then be 3 years since MAiD became legal in Canada.

PRE-CONFERENCE RESEARCH DAY CALL FOR ABSTRACTS NOW OPEN (Deadline Mar 15, 2019) - Click here to download the instructions


Preconference: Thursday May 30 2019

Pre-conference Courses @ UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

Care Cooridnation Workshop - Models, Challenges and Solutions
Target Audiences: Nursing, Social Workers, and Administrative Teams
Limit: 40 registrants
Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Room C400 at UBC Robson Square
Registration Fee:  $150
Course Description: Join with your colleagues from across the country to learn about one another’s programs in coordinating patients, assessors and providers in medical assistance in dying. Discuss the benefits of various models of support, as well as common challenges and innovative solutions in this new and dynamic field of health services delivery. Researchers investigating various aspects of care coordination will speak about the progress of their research, and there will be ample opportunity for dialogue and networking, exploring improvements for the clinical team, family and friends, and - most importantly - the patient experience.

Note: This is not an accredited course.

Intro to MAiD
1st session: 8:30am to 12:00pm; Limit: 30 registrants 
2nd session: 1:00pm to 4:30pm; Limit: 30 registrants
Location: Room C100 at UBC Robson Square
Registration Fee: $150 per session
Course Description: This Introduction to performing assessments for MAiD will review current interpretation of eligibility criteria and through a number of case scenarios allow participants to develop an approach to interview and evaluation techniques. Participants will also be introduced to resources for more complex assessments, and an outline of the provision of MAID, with a focus on the community setting. 
Accreditation: up to 15.0 Mainpro+ credits

Simulated "Hands On" MAiD Procedural Experience
1st session:
 8:30am to 11:30am; Limit: 24 registrants
2nd session: 1:00pm to 4:00pm; Limit: 24 registrants
Location: Room C420 & C440 at UBC Robson Square
Registration Fee: $200 per session
Course Description: By the end of this hands on workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the placement of intravenous vascular access (using simulator)
  • Administer a MAiD procedure in a simulated environment

Accreditation: up to 9.0 Mainpro+ credits

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS NOW OPEN (Deadline Mar 15, 2019) - Click here to download the instructions

Research Forum
Limit: 50 registrants
Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Room C680 at UBC Robson Square
Registration Fee: $100
Course Description: In the Research Forum, researchers will present peer-reviewed oral abstracts on various aspects of Medical Assistance in Dying. This session will facilitate dissemination and discussion of current scholarly activities investigating MAID. Potential future research projects and collaborations will also be explored.

Accreditation: TBC

MAiD Day One: Friday May 31 2019

Subject to change
07:15 am Registration & Networking Breakfast
08:15 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
08:30 am Keynote: MAiD and the Media
09:00 am Cross country checkup: challenges and solutions
09:45 am Nurse Practitioner issues
10:15 am Networking & Health Break
10:45 am Integration of MAiD into Palliative care
11:30 am MAiD to Last: creating and sustaining high-quality assisted dying services
12:15 pm Networking Lunch
01:15 pm Legal and advocacy update: what’s the latest on faith- based institutions, the Lamb case and the Quebec challenge?
02:15 pm Report from the Council of Academies
02:45pm Networking & Health Break
03:15pm The new MAiD Clinical Practice Guidelines: 1. Offering information about MAiD, 2. MAiD in dementia cases, 3.What to do about MAiD failures.
03:45 pm MAiD cases with psychiatric diseases: how to assess for cognitive distortions or in the presence of delusions
04:30 pm Conference Adjourn
04:30 pm Welcome Reception

MAiD Day Two: Saturday Jun 1 2019

Subject to change
07:30 am Registration & Networking Breakfast
08:30 am Providing MAiD near the edge of the law (frailty, quadriplegia, etc)
09:30 am Disability rights vs. Protecting the vulnerable
10:00 am The Patient Perspective
10:15 am Networking & Health Break
10:45 am Avoiding Provider Burnout
11:30 am Teaching MAiD
12:00 pm Networking Lunch
01:00 pm Best oral abstracts from the Research Forum
01:15 pm Get the most out of the CAMAP forum/listserve
01:30 pm International Panel: What is happening in other countries?
02:30 pm VSED in the days of MAiD
03:00 pm Networking & Health Break
03:20 pm Difficult cases
04:15 pm Time to Complete Evaluations
04:30 pm Conference Ends

Postconference: Sunday June 2 2019

Post-Conference LEAP (Learning Essential Approach to Palliative Care) Course @ UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

More details to come


Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver  British Columbia  V6E 4R5

Conference rates start at: $279 CDN per night (plus taxes)
Book online here: https://book.passkey.com/e/49681191
Reservation Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2019

About the Hotel:
Step into upscale comfort at Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. Our full-service hotel welcomes guests traveling through British Columbia with superb service and deluxe amenities. Relax in our spacious accommodations and enjoy the plush bedding, flat-panel TVs, 24-hour room service, ample desks and large windows revealing Vancouver or harbor views. Keep up with your fitness regimen in our gym or indoor lap pool. Our hotel is near the convention centre, Canada Place, Stanley Park, Historic Gastown and Vancouver Cruise Port.

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