A year in review: End-of-life choice during COVID-19

In this recorded webinar, Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) heard from three clinicians about the experience of providing health and end-of-life care during COVID-19. Watch to learn about what has changed in the nine months since the start of the pandemic, and what it has been like to provide medical assistance in dying (MAID) during this period of change and uncertainty.

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Panelists 

Dr. Lilian Thorpe, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, MAID assessor and researcher 

Dr. Thorpe is a geriatric psychiatrist with dual academic appointments as Professor of psychiatry and Community Health and Epidemiology at the U of S. She obtained her M.D. at the University of Toronto, completed her residency in psychiatry and Ph.D. in Community Health and Epidemiology at the U of S. Dr. Thorpe spends much of her clinical time performing assessments of capacity in complex patients, but also assesses many patients requesting MAID. She was a member of the Saskatoon Health Region committee which developed the MAID policy, and has now been involved with over 400 assessments and/or clinical MAID provisions throughout the province. Dr. Thorpe has provided MAID-related teaching sessions at multiple U of S, Health Authority and conference settings. She is actively involved in MAID related research and publication. 

Dr. Jonathan RegglerMB BChirMAID provider  

Dr. Jonathan Reggler is a family physician in Courtenay, B.C., on Vancouver Island. He studied medicine at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, graduating in 1984 and then spent eight years in the British Army prior to entering general practice in southern England. He emigrated to Canada in 2003. Dr. Reggler combines hospital with office practice. His office practice is deliberately skewed towards the care of seniors and he thus also provides a lot of palliative care. Dr. Reggler served on the Ethics Committee of St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox, B.C. for many years, resigning from the committee in 2016 because of that hospital’s prohibition on medically assisted deaths. He is currently an Associate at Courtenay Medical Associates 

Julie Campbell, MBA, MN, NP, MAID provider  

Julie Campbell is the Lead, MAID Access for the SW LHIN, Care Connector Nurse Practitioner for the Provincial MAID Care Connection Service and a MAID assessor and provider. Julie holds undergraduate degrees in Health Sciences, Business and Nursing and Master Degrees in Business and Nursing. Prior to her work with MAID, she worked as a nurse practitioner in addictions and mental health and continues to work in Travel Medicine. She was recognized in 2017 with the Pfizer Award for Clinical Excellence and in 2019 with the Canadian College of Health Leaders Distinguished Service Award. Julie is also an avid community volunteer and has given her time to numerous health and service organizations both locally and nationally. 

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