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Dr. Adam Rapoport

Episode #6: Maintaining Hope

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Adam Rapoport, MD, MHSc, joins us to discuss the history of residential hospice and palliative care, why palliative care should be incorporated into all areas of healthcare, how being genuinely human is fundamental to building meaningful relationships with patients, and so much more!


Dr. Adam Rapoport is a general pediatrician with a Masters in Bioethics. He is an Associate Professor in both the Departments of Paediatrics, and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, as well as a Project Investigator in the Child Health and Evaluative Sciences Program at the SickKids Research Institute. In 2011, he became the first Medical Director of the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), the palliative care service at SickKids. In 2013, he became Medical Director at Toronto’s first pediatric residential hospice – Emily’s House. His academic work focuses on the intersection of his 3 primary interests: paediatrics, palliative care and ethics.



  • Adam’s role at SickKids and Emily’s House

  • Misconceptions about what ‘palliative care’ entails

  • The evolution and history of palliative care

  • What lessons palliative care has to offer to the rest of medicine: helping people live better

  • The importance of changing attitudes of patients, families and healthcare providers that palliative care has more to offer than just end of life care

  • The changing landscape of where we die

  • Having conversations about what our wishes are for our end of life experience to avoid regret around choices made in the moment

  • Maximizing quality of life while also maintaining hope; palliative care is not the absence of hope

  • How to show empathy

  • Dr. Rapoport’s approach of figuring out what is important to a family, in light of the current situation, their values, how they look at life, how their family functions- and providing care based on that

  • It’s not about protecting yourself from sadness and grief; be human but also find ways to care for yourself

  • The importance of working with a supportive team and sharing the load






Full transcript of this episode coming soon.