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Welcome to the registration page for the 2018 conference of the Physicians' Alliance against euthanasia

With legal euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide now a reality in Canada, we turn our attention to helping doctors and other health professionals improve their skills so as to better care for patients at risk of requesting death. This conference is an opportunity to learn from experts in palliative care and psychiatry, as well as to meet colleagues from across the country who share your concerns about the direction medecine is taking under these new laws.

The learning objectives for the conference are as follows:

–  Improve knowledge and skills related to analgesia at the end of life
–  Recognize existential distress in terminally ill patients
–  Knowledge of the indications and method for prescribing palliative sedation
–  Recognize and treat treatment-resistant depression in terminally ill patients
–  Recognize and address the biological, psychological and social factors underlying a patient's desire for hastened death
–  Understand the barriers to the developement of palliative care at the societal level


Conference  schedule in English:

9:00     Registration & coffee
9:30     Welcome
9:45      Analgesia at the end of life (Dr. Patrick Vinay)
10:45    Update on euthanasia in Quebec and Canada (Aubert Martin)
11:45     Panel discussion on caring for patients who want to die (Dr. Roger Ghoche, Dr. Will Johnston, Dr. Tommy Aumond-Beaupré and one more to be confirmed)  (billingual)
12:45     Lunch
1:45       Existential distress and palliative sedation (Dr. Marjorie Tremblay)
2:45      Diagnosis and management of treatment-resistant depression and suicidality (Dr. Gabriella Gobbi)
3:45      Break
4:00     Illness in post-modern society and barriers to palliative care (Drs. Vinay & Tremblay) (billingual)
5:00     End

Dr. Patrick Vinay MD PhD graduated in medicine from the Université de Montréal in 1968. He studied nephrology (CSPQ), worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Sir Hans Krebs (Nobel Prize for Medicine) in Oxford, England, and then obtained a PhD. in clinical sciences at the Université de Montréal. Between 1975 and 1985, he worked as a nephrologist and directed a research laboratory. Between 1988 and 2003, he was successively President of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, head of the Department of Medicine at Hôpital Notre-Dame, and then Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal (1995-2003). He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Ordre des Palmes académiques of France. From 2003 to 2015, he devoted himself to palliative medicine and worked in the palliative care unit of Notre-Dame Hospital at the CHUM. He contributes to the teaching and dissemination of palliative science and received the Prix Reconnaissance du Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec in 2015. He is interested in physiological changes at the end of life as well as the personal and family change and growth experienced by patients and their families and caregivers as they go through this final stage of life. He is now Professor Emeritus of Medicine and retired in June 2015.

Dr. Marjorie Tremblay holds a degree in medicine from the Université de Sherbrooke and completed her residency in family medicine at the Université de Montréal. She works in palliative care in a hospital, in home care, and in a palliative care centre. She also practices as a family physician in office and walk-in settings. She is a clinical lecturer at the Université de Montréal. Since 2015, she has given many conferences to health professionals on Law 2 and on palliative care.







Dr. Gabriella Gobbi received her MD (1991) and her specialty in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (1995) from the Catholic University of Rome (Italy). She also earned a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Cagliari, Italy. She moved to McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 1998, where she initially worked as a post-doc. She then joined the University of Montreal as an assistant professor in 2002 and became an associate professor at McGill University in 2008. She leads a laboratory of basic science and works as a Psychiatrist at the Mood disorder clinic of the McGill University Health Center.

Dr Gobbi’s lab is interested in understanding the pathophysiology of major depression and sleep related disorders and in the discovery of new treatments for them. She has been treating patients with depressive disorders and suicide for 20 years by attempting to cure them and understand the causes of depression. The laboratory approach spans from bench to bedside, bridging the gaps between fundamental and clinical research.

Dr. Gobbi is author of more than 80 highly-cited manuscripts in international journals, 10 books chapters, one book, and holds patents in psychopharmacology. She has received several fellowships, awards, and grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec, the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation (CPRF), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and from multinational pharmaceutical companies. She won the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP) Young investigator Award in 2012, the Venezia Prize in 2015, and the Samarthji Lal prize in 2017. She has served as reviewer/editor for many journals, international grant agencies in Europe and the United States and has been invited to speak at conferences around the world.


Please note: This is the registration page for the English sessions. If you would like to attend the French sessions, please click here to register.
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This program meets the accreditation criteria as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been accredited by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University for up to 5 Section 1 credits/hours.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University for up to 5 Mainpro+ credits/hours.

Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians are eligible to receive up to  5 Prescribed credit hours for attendance at this meeting/event due to a reciprocal agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

March 24th, 2018 9:00 AM


5:00 PM

999 Saint Urbain Street
Montréal, QC H2Z 0B4

Physicans $ 200.00
Others, retired or resident physicians $ 100.00
Students $ 25.00

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