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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Pre-registration is now closed.  Onsite registration will be accpeted.






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.

Interested to become a CAMAP member, please visit the CAMAP website: https://camapcanada.ca/membership/ 


Pre Conference: Thursday May 30 2019

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

Address: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7

Care Coordination 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 9.0 Mainpro+ credits

Simulated "Hands On" MAiD Procedural Experience
1st session:
 8:30am to 11:30am; Limit: 24 registrants (CANCELLED)
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 3.0 Mainpro+ credits


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: up to 6.5 Mainpro+ credits

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 | Mr. Andre Picard
09:00 am Cross country checkup: Challenges and Solutions | Ms. Julie Campbell, Mr. Darren Kopetsky, Dr. Aaron McKim & Dr. Robert Weiler
09:45 am Nurse Practitioner Issues | Ms. Pamela Trant
10:15 am Networking & Health Break
10:45 am Integration of MAiD into Palliative Care | Dr. Paula Chidwick, Dr. Jyothi Jayaraman & Dr. Ed Weiss
11:30 am MAiD to Last: Creating and Sustaining Hgh-Quality Assisted Dying Services | Dr. Andrea Frolic
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? | Mr. Daniel Boivin, Ms. Daphne Gilbert, Ms. Shanaaz Gokool & Ms. Grace Pastine (Moderator: Dr. Stefanie Green)
02:15 pm Report from the Council of Academies | Dr. Jocelyn Downie
02:45pm Networking & Health Break
03:15pm The New MAiD Clinical Practice Guidelines: 1. Bringing Up MAiD as a Clinical Care Option 2. MAiD in Dementia Cases 3.What to do About MAiD Failures | Dr. Francis Bakewell, Dr. Tanja Daws & Dr. Ellen Wiebe
03:45 pm Organ Donation after MAiD - New National Guidelines | Dr. James Downar
04:00 pm Capacity Assessments in Patients with Psychiatric Illness and/or Cognitive Impairment | Dr. Justine Dembo & Dr. Derryck Smith
04:45 pm Conference Adjourn
04:45 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) | Ms. Jocelyn Downie, Dr. Amanda Hill, Dr. Simon Oczkowski, Dr. Ellen Wiebe & Dr. Galt Wilson
09:30 am Balancing Rights and Protection: What About Vulnerable People? | Dr. Tim Stainton & Dr. Jessica Shaw
10:00 am The Patient Perspective | Ms. Monica Milne
10:15 am Networking & Health Break
10:45 am Avoiding Provider Burnout | Dr. Melissa Melnitzer
11:30 am Teaching MAiD | Ms. Pamela Trant, Dr. Konia Trouton & Dr. Kim Wiebe
12:00 pm Networking Lunch
01:00 pm Best Oral Abstracts from the Research Forum | Dr. Simon Oczkowski
01:15 pm Get the Most Out of the CAMAP Forum/Listserve | Dr. Ed Weiss
01:30 pm International Panel: What's Happening in Australia, Columbia, Switzerland and the US, etc? | Dr. Rob Jonquiere, Dr. Alida Lancee, Dr. Erika Preisig, Ms. Lisa Salazar & Dr. Bob Uslander
02:30 pm VSED in the days of MAiD | Dr. Jocelyn Downie & Mr. Daniel Quellet
03:00 pm Networking & Health Break
03:20 pm Difficult Cases | Dr. Jonathan Reggler
04:15 pm Time to Complete Evaluations
04:30 pm Conference Ends

Post Conference: Sunday June 2 2019

Post-Conference LEAP (Learning Essential Approach to Palliative Care) Course @ UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC
Limit: 30 registrants
Time: 7:30am to 5:00pm
Location: Room C100 at UBC Robson Square
Registration Fee: $399
Course Description: One-day introductory palliative care course for health professional teams working in the community. 
  • Provides learners with the essential, basic competencies of the palliative care approach
  • Ideal for established teams, enhancing teamwork, promoting inter-professional collaboration, enhancing collaboration amongst providers in different agencies who need to work together
  • Course adapted specifically with MAiD assessor/provider in mind

Accreditation: This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 16.50 Mainpro+ credits.


Early bird registration: Thu. Mar 28, 2019 | Add to calendar +

Conference fee includes online course materials, breakfasts, refreshments & lunch.
*5% GST will apply on all conference fees, pre/post conference workshops and social activity.
A processing fee of $10 will apply to all phone and fax in registration.


Registration Categories By Mar 28 By Apr 15 After Apr 15
Full Conference      

MD/PhD/Lawyer/Other Health Care Professional 

$600 $675 $925

Medical Students/Grad Student/Residents

$275 $350 $500
One Day - Friday or Saturday       

MD/PhD/Lawyer/Other Health Care Professional

$450 $525 $725

Medical Students/Grad Student/Residents

$150 $250 $350


Registration Categories

By Mar 28 By Apr 15 After Apr 15
Full Conference      

MD/PhD/Lawyer/Other Health Care Professional 

$750 $825 $925

Medical Students/Grad Student/Residents

$325 $400 $500
One Day - Friday or Saturday       

MD/PhD/Lawyer/Other Health Care Professional

$600 $675 $725

Medical Students/Grad Student/Residents

$200 $300 $350



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

Special conference rate has ended on April 29, 2019.  If you need assistance, please contact us at cpd.info@ubc.ca

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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