The 3rd International Congress on Whole Person Care

The event will be held from 17 to 20 October, 2019, at McGill New Residence Hall. We look forward to welcoming you to four days of interactive workshops, plenary lectures with exciting and provocative speakers, best-practice sharing and unparalleled international professional networking opportunities.

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MD Aware: A Mindful Medical Practice Course Guide

By Stephen Liben & Tom A. Hutchinson

A unique contribution to the medical literature and the increasing focus on mindful medical practice, this book is an invaluable practical guide for any clinician hoping to learn more about the importance and benefits of offering mindful medical practice to patients – and to themselves as healers. 

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Mindfulness-Based Medical Practice

April 10 - May 29, 2020

An eight-week program for physicians and other health care professionals. 

Led by Patricia Dobkin, Ph.D., Certified MBSR Instructor.

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Relating to Patients: Connection, Awareness, Relationship, Engagement

An experiential workshop, facilitated by Dr. Tom Hutchinson, pioneered by the Department of Medicine and offered to all clinical members of the Department.

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The International Journal of Whole Person Care

The Journal showcases the efforts of healthcare professionals and their patients, researchers and others from around the world working to treat the person holistically with dignity and compassion. 

All articles are freely available without subscription or price barriers.

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Films that Transform: In Dialogue with Others on the Journey

Our film series will continue in April 2020. Stay tuned for the selection of films that will be announced by the end of this year. Looking forward to see you all in 2020!

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Whole Person Care

Mission Statement

To transform western medicine by synergizing the power of modern biomedicine with the potential for healing of every person who seeks the help of a healthcare practitioner. We plan to achieve this objective by serving as champions for whole person care at McGill and in the wider community through our teaching, research and translation of knowledge.

Traditionally, the existential and spiritual aspects of illness and their relationship to health care outcomes have received limited attention within the educational and research environment of North America. In recognition of this fact, the McGill Programs in Integrated Whole Person Care were instituted in February 1999 on the initiative of Dean Abraham Fuks and Dr. Balfour Mount. The initial proposal to develop and to implement the Programs established the need for further research studies and educational programs that address the subjective experience of illness so as to include the spiritual and/or existential components of personhood, as well as the physical and emotional elements that are currently the focus of attention in the medical profession.

The McGill Programs in Whole Person Care are based on the premise that in situations in which treatment is unable to change the disease outcome, it may be possible to create a space in which healing can occur. Lessons about quality of life and individuation, learned in the arena of advanced illness, also have relevance earlier in the disease trajectory and for those who are physically well. While the existential/spiritual domain is known to be an important determinant of quality of life, there has been little emphasis on integration of these issues in health care. The Program therefore seeks to integrate the physical aspects of personhood along with the psychosocial and existential/spiritual ones, and to better understand how to respond to suffering experienced by the whole person.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Donner Canadian Foundation and the Max Bell Foundation. Tax-deductible donations to McGill Programs in Whole Person Care can be made by contacting our office.

MD Aware. A Mindful Medical Practice Course Guide

Authors: Liben, Stephen, Hutchinson, Tom A. 

Springer, 2019

Whole Person Care. Transforming Healthcare

Author: Hutchinson, Tom A. Springer, 2017


Transforming Healthcare through Whole Person Care


October 11, 2017, Montreal

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