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Ethics Committee

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The Ethics Committee provides ethics reflection and guidance on issues of interest to the CFPC and family physicians, including CFPC policies, strategies and priorities.

End-of-life care

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is proud to support its members with a release of A Guide for Reflection on Ethical Issues Concerning Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia, created by the CFPC Task Force on End-of-Life Care.

A Guide for Reflection on Ethical Issues Concerning Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia

Learn more about the Guide and the process leading to its creation in the CFPC Task Force on End-of-Life Care Summary report

Other resource: Principles-based Recommendations for a Canadian Approach to Assisted Dying: the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA’s) framework on assisted dying for physicians

Who we are



Dr. Ross Upshur, Ontario


Dr. Madeleine Cole, Nunavut

Dr. James Simmonds, British Columbia

Dr. Mathieu Moreau, Québec

Dr. Tim Holland, Nova Scotia

Dr. Alexi Kuhnow, Section of Residents

Dr. Barry Pakes, CMA Observer

Dr. Patrick McDonald, Royal College Observer

Prof. Jennifer L. Gibson, Expert

The College of Family Physicians of Canada staff

Arlen Keen, Manager, Health Policy and Government Relations

Artem Safarov, Director, Health Policy and Government Relations

Alison Soares, Project Manager, Health Policy and Government Relations


Terms of Reference: Ethics Committee

Ethics resources for members, residents, and students

Teaching and practicing ethics in family medicine 

What is the best approach for teaching ethics? Understanding that no single teaching methodology will fit well for all teachers in all settings, the Ethics Committee developed the Ethics in Family Medicine: Faculty Handbook, to provide faculty with a hands-on “how-to” approach. Use this practical guide when developing or reviewing curricula for teaching ethics and professionalism, and for training new faculty members.

Ethics in Family Medicine: Faculty Handbook

The Handbook is designed to provide easy access to information to such topics as:

Competencies for Ethics and Professionalism in Canadian Family Medicine Residency Programs: addressing ethical questions and concerns

Ethics Primer: a primer for teachers identifying values, ethical issues and suggested case analysis method

Sample Lesson Template: connecting simple ideas with standard sets of values

Sample lesson plans

Deriving Family Medicine Values

Advance Care Planning

Physician Competence

Continuity of Care in the Hospital Setting

Reproductive Choice and Nontraditional Families

Tips for Integrating Ethics in Clinic

Mapping Ethical Values to CanMEDS-FM Roles (Appendix 2): identifying values referenced in CanMEDS–Family Medicine

Library Services

Members of the College of Family Physicians (CFCP) of Canada may request assistance from Library Services if they need help with conducting a search or in obtaining an article.

Submit a Library Services request form

For more details, contact Library Services by email

Codes, policies, and statements

Canadian Medical Association Code of Ethics (updated 2004)

Code of Ethics of Physicians from the Collège des médecins du Québec

Government of Canada Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans

World Medical Association International Code of Medical Ethics

World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

Organizations and centres

American College of Physicians—Ethics and Professionalism

Canadian Bioethics Society

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Ethics

Bioethics Research Library: from Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics

World Medical Association, Ethics

World Medical Association, Medical Ethics Education

Other resources

Bioethics for clinicians series: the Canadian Medical Association Journal’s (CMAJ’s) series on consent, research ethics, and resource allocation, featuring case studies, definitions, and ethical/legal issues

The Literature, Arts and Medicine Database (LitMed): a multimedia list of prose, poetry, film, videos for teaching, and research in the medical humanities, created by faculty of the New York University School of Medicine, with annotations by an invited editorial board of scholars from all over North America

Version 2.0 of the Virtual Mentor: the American Medical Association’s interactive, web-based forum for analysis and discussion of ethical and professional issues that medical students, residents and young physicians encounter during their educational training

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