Community Ethics Excellence

Community Ethics Excellence

Together we are humanizing healthcare.


Together we are humanizing healthcare.

Our Mission

We promote healthcare in the Hippocratic tradition that situates the patient’s good at the heart of all medical practice. We believe that the proper goal of medical science and, therefore, of its practitioners is to preserve and protect human life, to relieve suffering, and to promote healing.

Learning Platform

We provide formative resources on diverse bioethical topics, including: abortion, euthanasia, conscience rights, palliative care, genetic and reproductive technologies, and more.

Mentoring Programs

We cultivate community through conferences, symposia, and mentoring programs. Our mentoring programs entail: one-on-one mentoring 1-2 times per month; a monthly mentoring sheet on the CanMEDS roles to strengthen growth in specific virtues; access to the OptimalWork subscription program and so much more. We have mentoring available for medical students and residents, pre-med students, nursing students and midwifery students.

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our Case Consult & Crisis Line

The Case Consult Service is a resource for healthcare practitioners who would like help addressing an ethical question or problem related to a patient’s care.

We also provide legal support to physicians and students as they face ethical and professional dilemmas. A constitutional lawyer is available for up to an hour, free of charge.

June 13th – 15th,  2024 – Ottawa
“This symposium was phenomenal. Nothing like it exists in Canada. I felt incredibly privileged to be invited to take part.”
– Jonathon Van Maren

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What do I need to know about you as a person to give you the best care possible?”

Dr. Harvey Chochinov

“The calling and the conduct of the doctor is care for others, and the meeting of doctor and patient is a supreme occasion for being human.”

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

“You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”

Dame Cicely Saunders

“The secret is not to be afraid of [powerlessness] – not to run away. The dying know that we are not God… All they ask is that we do not desert them.”

Dr. Sheila Cassidy