Dr David Kuhl, an expert on care for the gravely ill, will answer that question and more on March 24. The author of "What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom for the End of Life" (Doubleday Canada), Kuhl will be the keynote speaker at McGill's first annual Asclepius Project lecture, entitled "Toward a Healing Profession."
McGill students launch Asclepius Project to advocate for compassionate medicine
Death is one of life's certainties. Question is, can dying be rendered more comfortable by health professionals?
Dr David Kuhl, an expert on care for the gravely ill, will answer that question and more on March 24. The author of What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom for the End of Life (Doubleday Canada), Kuhl will be the keynote speaker at McGill's first annual Asclepius Project lecture, entitled "Toward a Healing Profession."
A frequent speaker across North America on palliative care and decision-making at the end of life, Kuhl began his career providing medical care for cancer patients in his private practice. He later developed a palliative care program for persons with cancer and AIDS at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Kuhl is currently developing a program on how doctors can best communicate with patients on difficult topics.
Kuhl's lecture, "Toward a Healing Profession," begins at 7 pm on March 24 in the Charles Martin Amphitheatre, 6th floor of the McIntyre Building. For further information concerning Dr Kuhl, please consult his website.
Asclepius: Greek god of healing
McGill's Asclepius Project, named after the Greek god of healing, was recently founded by third-year medical student Adam Hofmann and classmates. The Asclepius Project seeks to promote whole-person medicine, alternately known as holistic medicine, which advocates for compassionate patient care among health professionals.
"There's a need to promote compassionate medicine," says Hofmann, noting the Asclepius Project was founded to educate both med students and seasoned health-care professionals. "We want to make sure doctors don't lose their human touch and serve their patients in the most caring manner possible."
Hofmann sees the Asclepius Project's debut lecture as a forum that will enable people to communicate with the medical profession. "The opinions and ideas of the public are welcome and even essential at the lecture," he stresses.
Dr David Kuhl's lecture is one of several steps being undertaken by the Asclepius Project. The student group has also conducted research concerning the attitudes of physicians, students, nurses and other health-care professionals towards the emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients. The Asclepius Project has also founded a library of whole-person medicine that will soon be up and running. The library will contain books and videos, suggested by medical students and physicians, which will foster personal and professional development.
For more information on the Asclepius Project, please consult the website.