Understanding Bill C-14

HandsA unique educational session focusing on the much debated assisted-dying Bill C-14, was added to the undergraduate medical school curriculum in the fall of 2016. Medical students were joined by their peers in nursing, law, and philosophy, as well as medical residents. Bringing together legal, medical, theological and ethical experts, as well as policy leaders to engage in case discussions and panel interviews, learners had an opportunity to understand the complexities of the medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation, the difference between palliative care and MAID, ethical duties of health care providers, informed consent, practical application, legal responsibilities and potential barriers to care. The interactive sessions also offered attendees the opportunity to explore their own views through discussion.