The University of British Columbia Interdepartmental Division of Palliative Care reports to the Departments of Medicine, Family Practice and Pediatrics. For administrative purposes it is based in the Department of Medicine. The Division aims to ensure excellence in care of those living with life-threatening illness through research, community advocacy and education in undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and to the public. Palliative care is committed to the relief of suffering, maximizing a person’s comfort, independence and quality of life when his or her illness is advanced. To honour this commitment of care, palliative care aims to provide “whole person care”, i.e. physical, psychological, cultural, social, existential and spiritual support to people living with life-threatening illness, and to their families.