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Serious Illness Conversation Training in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) hosted Train the Trainer for Serious Illness Care: More, Earlier, Better Conversations on November 6, 2019 in Regina Saskatchewan.

Bryan Jorgensen, Director of Supportive Care and Sandra Goodman-Chartier, Project Lead for Early Palliative Integrated Care (EPIC) were instrumental in bringing the vision into reality.  “We took our first formal steps as an Agency towards enhancing our communication with patients, families and each other as interdisciplinary team members.”

Master Coaches of the BC Serious Illness Conversation Initiative, Dr. Gillian Fyles and Elizabeth Beddard-Huber, were invited by the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency to mentor the training of four Master Trainers in Saskatchewan: Dr. Michelle Ferguson, Radiation Oncologist,  Jennifer Sanderson, RN,  Dr. Osama Ahmed, Medical Oncologist and Lina Esmail, RN in the Serious Illness Care Program.  A further 18 facilitators and 34 clinicians were trained to teach and use the Serious Illness Conversation Guide in clinical practice. SCA plans to lead future Clinician Workshops in both Saskatoon and Regina.

Congratulations to the Saskatchewan team for their ongoing commitment to providing person-centred care through Serious Illness Conversations.