In 1974, inspired by the work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Dame Cicely Saunders, Dr. Balfour Mount initiated a uniquely comprehensive palliative care service – including an inpatient unit, an outpatient clinic, a consult service, bereavement support, and a home care program – which served as a model for many.

Since the establishment of that service at Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital, Palliative Care McGill(PCM) has been at the fore of advances in this field: integrating PC into health care systems; developing the McGill Quality of Life questionnaire; promoting a whole-person approach to care; pioneering undergraduate and postgraduate training in palliative medicine; developing new ways to manage pain and other symptoms; and hosting the International Congress on Palliative Care.

Today, under the direction of Dr. Bernard Lapointe, PCM continues to develop as an exceptional academic program and unique network of PC services. We are delighted to celebrate with you both our 20th Congress and our 40 years of palliative care at McGill.

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