Dr. Peter Louie

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Dr. Peter Louie

Program Director
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Program Highlights

The 2 year Pediatric Palliative Medicine program at The University of British Columbia educates physicians to be experts in pediatric palliative care in all settings (hospital, home, hospice).  The training is enriched by working with an inter-professional team at Canuck Children’s Place Hospice and through close collaboration with clinicians at BC Children’s and Women’s hospital.

Training is administered through Canuck Place Children’s Hospice which provides pediatric palliative care services for the province of BC.  A large interdisciplinary team (physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, counsellors, social workers, spiritual health providers, recreational and music therapists, teacher, and pharmacists) work collaboratively to provide care to medically complex children with a wide range of medical conditions across all settings.

Canuck Place Hospice (Vancouver) has 9 beds and Dave Lede House (Abbotsford) has 4 beds.   Inpatient services provided include admissions for respite, pain/symptom management and end of life care.  Other services provided both inpatient and outpatient include: counselling and expressive therapies, grief and bereavement support, 24 hr. phone consultative service for physicians and families, community care (home visits, virtual care), hospital consultation and clinic visits.   Canuck Place Hospice is in close proximity (5 minutes drive) to BC Children’s Hospital, making it easy to follow many inpatients and work closely with various subspecialties.    The trainee will participate in all aspects of the Canuck Place program as outlined above and learn from a diverse faculty who are eager to teach.

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General Information

This residency program is for 2 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.


This residency program is for 2 years and consists of 26, 4 week blocks

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

We plan to transition to Competency by Design in July 2023 so duration of rotations is approximate and can be adjusted to meet the learning needs of the trainee.


Core Rotations


Rotation Description Duration in month(s)
Pediatric palliative medicine combined rotation Canuck Place service:
  • Hospital consultation – inpatient and outpatient including antenatal consults.
  • Community/home
  • Hospice (Vancouver and Abbotsford)
Adult Palliative medicine Palliative care unit, inpatient consultation, pain and symptom management clinic – 1 month of each 3
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Inpatient and outpatient 1
Pediatric Neuromotor clinics and Rehabilitation Various clinics at Sunny Hill Hospital (tone, feeding, sleep) and inpatient rehabilitation. Neuromuscular clinic. 1
Pediatric Pain Inpatient pain service and outpatient chronic pain service 1
Pediatric Respirology Home ventilation program/clinic 1
Research   3


  1. Recommended
  • Pediatric complex care
  • Metabolics and Genetics
  • Pediatric neurology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology/complex nutrition team
  • Pediatric transplant (not available in BC)
  • Pediatric Psychiatry/Adolescent Medicine
  • Psychosocial/spiritual services
  • Additional block(s) of Pediatric palliative medicine combined rotation


  1. Optional
  • Out of province/international Pediatric Palliative Medicine elective
  • PICU
  • NICU
  • Public Health


Academic Curriculum

Description Frequency
Pediatric Serious Illness conversation guide workshops
  • Workshop to learn how to use the guide
  • Train the trainer (workshop to learn how to teach the guide)
2 sessions (1 of each)
Victoria Hospice Palliative Care medically intensive course Online modules and 2 day sessions
Adult Palliative medicine academic full days Wednesday every 2 weeks
National Pediatric Palliative medicine academic half days
  1. First year: lectures given by faculty followed by case discussion
  2. Second year: self-directed learning with topics/courses assigned followed by discussion facilitated by faculty
Wednesday monthly
National Pediatric Palliative Medicine Journal club 4 sessions a year (every 3 months)
Department of Pediatric Hospital Wide Academic Half Days

-Sessions focus on intrinsic CANMEDs roles

4 sessions a year (every 3 months)
Adult Palliative medicine education rounds or Journal club (optional) Weekly – attend if topic relevant/time permits
Pediatric Grand rounds (optional) Weekly – attend if topic relevant/time permits
PHSA Physician Quality Improvement Program virtual and in person sessions through out the year
Sickkids ECHO rounds for palliative care and complex care (Optional) Monthly-attend if topic relevant/time permits


Optional funded 3rd year:


There are 3 opportunities for our Fellows to participate in additional, funded training that will support an interest in research.  Research, broadly defined, might include clinical studies, quality improvement approaches, or educational scholarship.


  1. A Masters of Health Science (MHSc) through the UBC School of Population and Public Health. This is a professional degree providing strong research methodology skills and is well suited to Fellows as it enables some integration of class time with clinical time. For more information see here.
  1. The UBC Msc (or PhD) in Women’s and Children’s Health (WACH) through the Depts. of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology. This is an interdisciplinary program leading to a Master’s or Doctorate degree. It is a focused research program and would take 2-3 years for a Masters and some of that may overlap the clinical training. For more information see here.
  1. The Clinician Investigator Program. The UBC CIP is a fully funded two-year program that allows UBC residents the unique opportunity to gain research experience in world-class research facilities both locally and abroad. The time can also overlap with clinical training. For more information see here.



The Dalla Lana Fellowship in Global Journalism.  This is a program that trains fellows from around the world in Journalism to report on their area of expertise. For more information see here.

The Dalla Lana Certificate in Health Impact. This is a shorter version, does not require a 3rd year and can be done during the 2 year fellowship. For more information see here.


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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for University of British Columbia - Pediatric Palliative Medicine - Vancouver.
British Columbia
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Educational Leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 onsite/1 in 3 offsite
Maternity Leave
17 weeks, plus up to 78 weeks Parental Leave
Provincial Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Extended Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
CMPA Dues Paid
Yes, mandatory
Dental Plan
100% Premiums Paid
Statutory Holidays
2x pay plus extra day with pay
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes 100% Premiums Paid
Sick Leave
Life Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Updated July 25, 2023

Terms of Agreement April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022
Resident Doctors of BC website

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