WW Interdisciplinary HPC Conferences

These conferences are sponsored jointly by the Physicians’ Palliative Education Funds and the
WW Interdisciplinary Palliative Education Funds

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Fall Palliative Education Evening – September 27, 2023

Registration & Flyer  (Deadline: September 19, 2023)

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 (4:00-8:00pm)

  • 4:00-5:00 pm Conference Check-in
  • 5:00-6:15 pm Dinner
  • 6:15-6:30pm Break
  • 6:30-7:45 Presentation
  • 7:45-8:00 Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

Bingemans, Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener N2B 3X7 (Directions)

  • Cost: $40
  • Buffet Dinner Provided
  • Cash Bar: 5:00-7:00 pm
  • No Reserved Seating


Dr. Harvey Chochinov,  MD, PhD, FRCPC

Distinguished Professor
Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
University of Manitoba

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and a Senior Scientist at CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute. His research in palliative care has resulted in more than 300 career publications, broaching diverse topics such as depression, quality-of-life, suicide, vulnerability, spirituality, and existential distress. He has also led a large program of research on dignity within the healthcare setting, which includes the development and study of Dignity Therapy. He is the co-founder of the Canadian Virtual Hospice, co-editor of The Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine (Oxford University Press). His latest book is entitled Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Medicine, published by Oxford University Press. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada, and an inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

This talk will provide an overview of how understanding dignity can inform person-centred palliative care. Various empirically based tools will be outlined, which have been shown to enhance end-of-life experience for patients and their families; while also improving healthcare provider job satisfaction for those employing dignity-conserving strategies. The construct of Intensive Caring will also be reviewed, offering clinicians ways of understanding, being with and responding to the enormity of human suffering.