Summary

The purpose of this project was to shift medical education standards by further developing and expanding the reach of the Whole Person Care model utilized in McGill’s palliative care center. The project sought to extend the Whole Person Care model to the rest of McGill’s medical school in order to improve patient quality of life, especially in cases of terminal illness. The Whole Person Care model acknowledges that patient care should extend beyond the bio-medical treatment of pathologies and encompass the full psychosocial wellbeing of the individual. The goal was to integrate the healing process into the treatment of patients at every level of care by teaching students how to better respond to suffering experienced by the whole person. This project successfully resulted in the establishment of a Whole Person Care Research Program with collaborative links with the Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Work, and Faculty of Religious Studies.