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Whole Person Cancer Care Course

Clinician as Healer

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PHYSICIANS: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
NURSES: Nursing contact hours will be awarded.


Whole person care – meeting the needs of patients beyond killing their cancer cells – has drawn the attention of leaders in oncology. From the National Academies of Medicine’s Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care to ASCO’s Oncology Medical Home Model, the new goal of cancer care is to improve overall health and wellbeing.

So the question is, are we using the right tools to actually help people heal? The SOAP note, with its focus on making the diagnosis and moving on in a standard treatment, does not help us consider these other factors.

The HOPE approach is a new way to structure practice to focus on all aspects of our patients’ lives. HOPE stands for healing-oriented practices and environments. It asks the patient not, “what’s the matter,” but, instead, “what matters?” Knowing this, we can then explore, with the patient, their concerns, hopes and priorities for care.

The three modules of this course present the concepts, tools, and strategies you need to change the way your practice provides care. Based on real-world experience of an Integrative Oncology Learning Collaborative as well as patients, you will hear how to transform your practice by involving all members of your team in the healing process. The wisdom and pearls will be invaluable to you.

This course is jointly provided by Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education (TUSM OCE) and Center for Innovation in Family Medicine.

It is made possible by a grant from the Healing Works Foundation.

Office of Continuing Education

Who Should Take This Course?

This course has been created by and is for clinicians, clinical staff, practice managers, and administrators interested in transforming their practice.

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PHYSICIANS: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
NURSES: Nursing contact hours will be awarded

To receive CE credit/attendance certificate, participants must register and view the entire content on the Meducate hosting site. Afterwards, participants must follow the link provided at the end of the course, which will take them to the eeds site to create a free account in order to successfully complete the required post-test with a minimum score of 75% and complete the required online evaluation. Partial credit will not be awarded. Certificates will be available to access/print immediately upon completion of the post-test and evaluation on eeds.

What You Will Learn

Simple Tools to Enhance Wellbeing

of patients and the oncology team.

The Benefits, Rationale, and Process of Whole Person Cancer Care

including use of the Personal Health Inventory and the HOPE note.

The Evidence Behind Whole Person Cancer Care

and how the patient, family, friends, and the wider care community can be successful in using that science more effectively.

How New Models of Whole Person Care

used in the VA and other hospitals in the U.S. and globally can help patients with this journey.

Resources That Anyone on the Team Can Use

including practice leaders, oncologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, administrators, medical assistants, and others, to optimize cancer care.

What You Will Learn

CIFM Certificate
Course Description

This three-part series on implementing whole person cancer care aims to teach all members of oncology practice teams how to envision and implement new approaches and new tools for practice.

Module 1: The Why and What of Whole Person Cancer Care

Module 2: Whole Person Healing Throughout the Cancer Care Journey

Module 3: Tools and Resources for Delivering Whole Person Care


Dr. Wayne Jonas
Wayne Jonas, MD

Practicing family medicine physician and President, Healing Works Foundation

Alyssa McManamon
Alyssa McManamon, MD

Practicing hematologist/oncologist

Reorganizing Practice: Integrating Healing into Care
Watch this 3 minute clip of the course to see how leading cancer centers are implementing whole person care into oncology

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
NURSES: Nursing contact hours will be awarded.

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