Student Section


Welcome to the web pages of the Palliative Care Student Group (PCSG) and Student Section for the 21st International Congress on Palliative Care. What an exciting time to be involved in the evolving interdisciplinary field of palliative/end-of-life care!

Students of palliative care come from various disciplines including art therapy, medicine, music therapy, nursing, psychology, social work, and spiritual care, to name a few. The Palliative Care Student Group seeks to bring together this diverse body of students through a designated Student Section at the Congress to network, raise awareness of student issues in palliative care, and learn from experienced palliative care practitioners and researchers as to how to make significant contributions to the field. Bachelors, masters, and doctoral students, as well as post-doctoral fellows who share common interests in death, dying and bereavement are welcome to become members of the Palliative Care Student Group and engage in the various Student Section events at the Congress. You do not have to be a member to participate in the Student Section, but there is no fee to become a member and there are many benefits so we encourage you to join!

We hope you will spend some time perusing our web pages here that detail some of the exciting events the Palliative Care Student Group has planned for this year’s Student Section at the Congress. Don’t forget to sign up for the Student Forum when you are selecting the sessions you will attend!

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or to offer any suggestions.


Student Forum

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 13:00 - 13:50

Hosted by the Palliative Care Student Group, the Student Forum will be a unique and exciting event for students attending the Congress!

We are privileged to have a prominent leader in the field of palliative care scheduled to speak:

Dr. Marian Krawczyk is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Science at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, B.C. (a position jointly funded by the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network and Trinity Western University) and is a recent PhD graduate in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology from Simon Fraser University. Her doctoral ethnographic research focused on how hospital-based palliative specialists negotiate a "good enough" death within acute care contexts. Her research interests include, but are not limited to: clinical practice change, emotional labour, new technologies of care, construction of knowledge, quality of life discourses, and research ethics.

Dr. Krawczyk will engage us in the following presentation/discussion:

“Negotiating a ‘Good Enough’ Death in Acute Care Contexts: Implications for Students in Palliative Care”

This Forum will review research findings addressing the tensions between the real and ideal in acute palliative care provision and research. Focus will be placed on the needs and priorities of students who are engaging in graduate level research and in health care professional training programs in palliative care.

We look forward to seeing you at the Student Forum!

Informal Night Out

Wednesday, October 19, 5 PM onwards

Sarah B’s Absinthe Bar, Intercontinental Hotel,
360 Saint-Antoine St. West, Montréal

Time to unwind and partake in some informal networking. Join us for a traditional Montreal 5 à 7 (Happy Hour) at Sarah B’s Absinthe Bar!

Stop by the Student Welcome Table in the foyer near the registration area.

We look forward to meeting you!

Don't forget to sign-up.

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