Medical assistance in dying: a structured postgraduate elective to build confidence in caring for patients
To the Editor,
Under Bill C-14,1 healthcare professionals have been entrusted to legitimize, endorse, and implement medical assistance in dying (MAiD). To date, educational efforts have been focused on clinicians in practice to enhance awareness of this option for patients, and to establish best practices. While professional development activities continue, educational efforts should turn to developing curricula for clinicians in training, so they are better prepared to address MAiD requests or integrate care for these patients into their post-certification practice.
Despite faculty concerns regarding the ethics of and rights to refuse active participation in MAiD, the desire for learner experiences is undeniable. Falconer et al. surveyed 1,210 Canadian medical students and found that 71% were willing to provide MAiD.2 An anonymous survey of residents in the Queen’s University Family Medicine program in 2016 found that formalized MAiD education is needed.3Of the 62 residents who...
Conflicts of interest
This submission was handled by Dr. Hilary P. Grocott, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia
- 1.Parliament of Canada. House of Commons. Bill C-14. Available from URL: https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-14/royal-assent (accessed May 2019).
- 3.MacDonald S, LeBlanc S, Dalgarno N, et al. Exploring family medicine preceptor and resident perceptions of medical assistance in dying and desires for education. Can Fam Physician 2018; 64: e400-6.Google Scholar