Whether a clinician is interested in providing assisted dying, or has been involved since legalization in 2016, they can benefit from engaging with other doctors and nurse practitioners across the country who are involved in this important field of work.
That’s why we at Dying With Dignity Canada are proud to facilitate clinician-led trainings on medical assistance in dying (MAID). During the monthly session, a handful of MAID assessors and providers each delivers a presentation about a case in which they were involved. They outline the circumstances of the case including the challenges they faced and the steps they took to overcome them. They then field questions from their colleagues across the country, allowing the group to dig deeper into the issues and provide each other with peer support.
“There’s something very visceral about being able to sit down and watch a presentation from a colleague at the other side of the country talking about their experience, how they dealt with a particular problem,” says Dr. Jonathan Reggler, a MAID provider and chair of DWDC’s Clinicians Advisory Council. “It’s much better than just reading about it or sharing emails. Actually seeing them talk about their experience is incredibly valuable.”
Case-sharing, which is presented in partnership with the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP), is just one way in which DWDC supports clinicians who are involved in helping Canadians access their right to a peaceful death.
If you are a clinician looking for more information about the case-sharing program, or if you want to learn more about the other resources we provide clinicians, please contact DWDC’s Kelsey Goforth at [email protected].