Student Section


Welcome to the web pages of the Palliative Care Student Group (PCSG) and Student Section for the 22nd 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 participate in the Student Section activities.

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 (D05)

Thursday, October 4, 11:00 - 12:30

Moral Distress Experienced by Palliative Care Trainees: Difficult Encounters in Clinical Practice and Research
Franco Carnevale, McGill University, Montréal, Qc, Canada

Moral distress refers to a deep malaise resulting from feeling impeded from doing what one thinks is right. There is recognition of moral distress among clinical and research trainees, linked to their position of limited power and authority. In this discussion, features of moral distress will be described, as well as barriers to action that are known to provoke it. These will be related to the experiences of trainees in professional education or research programs. Potential strategies for addressing moral distress will be discussed.

Informal Night Out

Thursday, October 4, 6 PM to 8 PM

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.

Joining our group is easy! Just email us your name and affiliation to

Student Section Committee Members

Chair: Esther Laforest, RN, PhD(c)
Ingram School of Nursing
McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada

Monica Parmar Calislar, PhD(c)
Nursing, McGill University & Jewish General Hospital

Philippe Carruzzo MD,
Postdoctoral Fellow Palliative Care Research,
McGill University & Jewish General Hospital