​​​​​The Department of Supportive Care (DSC) ​welcomes learners from a range of disciplines. Learners come from palliative care, psychiatry, nursing, and allied health.

Observerships are encouraged within all three divisions:

  • Palliative Care
  • Psychosocial Oncology
  • Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship

We offer four levels of observerships including a General Observership, Personalized Learning Plan (PLP), Virtual Learning Program and Executive PLP. The four programs differ by the goal of the observership, depth of experience and recommended duration. A registration fee applies, consistent with the administrative and teaching commitment required for each program.

Interested applicants are encouraged to begin the application process at least 3 months prior to the intended start date of their observership. ​

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Overview of DSC Observership Programs

​​ ​General Observership Personalized Learning Program​ Virtual Learning Program​ Executive Personalized Learning Program​
​Participating Divisions​
  • ​​​Psychosocial Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Cancer Rehab and Survivorship 
  • ​​​​​Psychosocial Oncology
    • Palliative Care
    • Cancer Rehab and Survivorship 
    • ​​​Psychosocial Oncology
    • Palliative Care
    • Cancer Rehab and Survivorship
    • ​​​Psychosocial Oncology
    • Palliative Care
    • Cancer Rehab and Survivorship
    ​Intended Learner
    • ​​​Palliative Care students, trainees and practising physicians
    • Psychiatry students, trainees and practising psychiatrists
    • Nursing students, trainees and practising advanced practice nurses
    • Allied Health students, trainees and practising professionals in the following areas:
      • Social Work
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Neuropsychology
      • Psychology
      • Music Therapy
      • Art Therapy
      • Physiotherapy
      • Health and Wellness
      • Massage Therapy
      • Kinesiology
    • ​​​Palliative Care students, trainees and practising physicians
    • Psychiatry students, trainees and practising psychiatrists
    • Nursing students, trainees and practising advanced practice nurses
    • Allied Health students, trainees and practising professionals in the following areas:
      • Social Work
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Neuropsychology
      • Psychology
      • Music Therapy
      • Art Therapy
      • Physiotherapy
      • Health and Wellness
      • Massage Therapy
      • Kinesiology
    • ​​​Palliative Care students, trainees and practising physicians
    • Psychiatry students, trainees and practising psychiatrists
    • Nursing students, trainees and practising advanced practice nurses
    • Allied Health students, trainees and practising professionals in the following areas:
      • Social Work
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Neuropsychology
      • Psychology
      • Music Therapy
      • Art Therapy
      • Physiotherapy
      • Health and Wellness
      • Massage Therapy
      • Kinesiology
    • ​​​Palliative Care physicians
    • Psychiatrists
    • Advanced practice nurses
    • Allied Health professionals in the following areas:
      • Social Work
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Neuropsychology
      • Psychology
      • Music Therapy
      • Art Therapy
      • Physiotherapy
      • Health and Wellness
      • Massage Therapy
      • Kinesiology
    Program ​Goals
  • ​Allow learners to observe relevant program activities (i.e., education rounds)
  • Provide opportunity for career sampling
  • Allow learners to meet with program staff 
  • Same goals as General Observership, plus:

  • Provide opportunity for learners to address specific learning objectives
  • Provide access to desired scheduled clinical and educational activities
  • ​Same goals as General Observership, plus:

  • Provide opportunity for learners address specific learning objectives
  • Provide access to desired scheduled clinical and educational activities
  • ​Same goals as Virtual Learning Program, plus:

  • Provide opportunity for learners to gain knowledge and familiarity with practice implementation issues in specific topics
  • ​Key Features
  • ​Observership orientation
  • Job shadowing
  • Access to library
  • Access to clinical/education rounds
  • ​Observership orientation
  • Job shadowing
  • Access to library
  • Access to clinical/education rounds
  • Access to UHN educational course offerings
  • Customized learning plan
  • Opportunity to present at education rounds
  • UHN Michener Certificate of Completion
  • ​Virtual observership orientation
  • Virtual job shadowing
  • Access to virtual clinical/education rounds
  • Access to UHN educational course offerings
  • Customized learning plan
  • Opportunity to present at education rounds
  • UHN Michener Certificate of Completion
  • ​Observership orientation
  • Job shadowing
  • Access to library
  • Access to clinical/education rounds
  • Access to UHN educational course offerings
  • Customized learning plan
  • Opportunity to present at education rounds
  • UHN Michener Certificate of Completion
  • Immersion in departmental activities
  • Regular individual didactic teachings
  • ​Recommended Duration ​Maximum 2 weeks ​1 week to 3 months ​1 week to 3 months ​3 to 6 months


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    ​DSC Observership Program Contact Information

    For all inquiries regarding DSC observerships, please include the following information:

    • Your current role
    • Your current institution
    • Observership program of interest
    • Preferred duration of observership
    • Preferred start date (include a range if applicable)
    • Whether you are planning to apply for grant funding to attend the observership (if yes, include grant name and information link)
    • Name(s) of DSC staff that you have already contacted to discuss sponsorship (if applicable)

    DSC​ Observership Program Contact

    Athena Nicholas-Figliomeni
    Education Specialist, Department of Supportive Care

    Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
    620 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 2C1
    Email: Athena.Nicholas@uhn.ca




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    Last reviewed: 3/3/2022
    Last modified: 12/23/2022 8:17 AM