Canadian MAiD Curriculum Project Summary

Welcome to the Canadian MAiD Curriculum Project, a four year project lead by the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) to develop, produce and deliver a nationally recognized, fully accredited MAiD training curriculum – a series of seven modules (covering eight topic areas) – to address the spectrum of needs of all clinicians who assess and provide MAiD in Canada.

Currently, there is no established, standardized curriculum for MAiD education in any undergraduate or post-graduate medical school, or Nurse Practitioner training program anywhere in Canada. Some medical and nursing training programs provide general education about MAiD, but none teach the details of MAiD care, which is left for practicing clinicians to seek out on their own once they are in practice. In addition, the legislative framework underpinning MAiD permits Nurse Practitioners, Family Physicians and Specialists to assist patients that request MAiD, yet our fundamental training and ongoing professional development occurs in distinct professional silos.

The aim of this project is to help standardize an approach to care across the country, to ensure access to high quality MAiD training for interested health care practitioners, to advance the skills of existing MAiD practitioners, and to educate new MAiD practitioners.

The curriculum will include synchronous and asynchronous on-line learning formats, be available in French and English, and be delivered through in-person workshops.  A rigorous implementation and research-focused evaluation process involving various end-user groups will be undertaken.

The final curriculum will be accredited by our national medical and nursing colleges and promoted and sustained by CAMAP and its National Steering Committee. The Canadian MAiD Curriculum Project is overseen by a Core Committee composed of MAiD content experts. This Committee reports to the CAMAP and a National Steering Committee composed of stakeholders to ensure equity and diversity.