VA Boston Healthcare System


Whole Health Training Curriculum

Program Director – Edward M. Phillips, MD

Welcome to the

VA Boston Whole Health training site! 

Welcome to the VA Boston Whole Health training site!  This rotation is offered to physician assistant students and medical residents at VA Boston Healthcare.  The curricular materials below provide learning objectives and content outlines for a range of topics related to Whole Health.  In addition to further developing the content of the training program, we are in the process of refining several measures to evaluate the program in order to demonstrate that trainees are learning the essential knowledge and skills that the curriculum was designed to cover, and gaining confidence in their ability to apply the new knowledge/skills in practice .  These measures are not yet validated and are currently used solely for the purpose of internal quality improvement at VA Boston.  There will be periodic updates to the curriculum content as well as the program evaluation measures, so we encourage viewers to check back regularly.  We welcome your input and encourage you to contact or with your comments and suggestions, and to report your experience using the curriculum.

Handouts and Test Materials

  • Behavior Change Project:  The personal health of a medical provider plays an important role in his/her patient encounters.  Learn More.

  • Whole Health Pre-Rotation Self-Efficacy Questionnaire. Download Now.


  • Whole Health Rotation Pre/Post Test.  Educators may contact for more information about this multiple choice test.



  • Whole Health Post-Rotation Self-Efficacy Questionnaire.  Download Now.

Syllabus Materials

  • Health Behavior Change Principles and Self-Modification Project.  Download Now.

  • Introduction To Culinary Medicine/Chef Coaching 1 and Culinary Medicine For You (Self-Care And Clinical Tools)/Chef Coaching 2.  Download Now.

  • Health Coaching Conversations: The Key To Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC).  Download Now.

  • Introduction to Whole Health Assessment and Motivational Interviewing.  Download Now.

  • Complementary Integrative Health (CIH) Experience.  Download Now.

Whole Health Training: Requirements and Performance Evaluation

The Whole Health training experience at VA Boston is designed to provide residents and students with a foundation in the discipline of Whole Health and the tools to enhance their ability to provide preventative care to patients.  Specific learning objectives and descriptions of topic areas will be provided for each subsection of the rotation in this binder. More general learning objectives of the rotation are provided below.


Whole Health General Learning Objectives


At the end of this rotation, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize how Whole Health can be practiced in a variety of clinical settings

  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of whole health assessment and counseling procedures to address various lifestyle factors, including physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and other health related domains

  • Assess the role of behavior in overall health and become familiar with patient-centered counseling strategies and wellness coaching to facilitate change

  • Describe how to improve personal health behaviors and identify the connection of self-care to clinical practice


Required Activities


Participants will engage in a variety of activities throughout the rotation, including:

  • Direct observation of patient care in clinical settings, including sites throughout the VA Healthcare System

  • Small group didactic sessions

  • Self-directed readings, case studies, and videos

  • Personal Health Behavior Change Project:  you will select a particular area of health to change/improve, set personal goals, and monitor your behavior across the rotation

  • Research a topic of interest related to Whole Health and present an evidence based summary of the topic supplemented by your rotation experience in a 10-min PowerPoint talk


*Note:  Participants must attend 80% of all activities and meet all core requirements (see Performance Evaluation section below) in order to document completion of the rotation


Performance Evaluation

Participants’ knowledge/skill in Whole Health gained during the required activities of this rotation will be evaluated by:

  1. Pre/Post multiple choice test of knowledge related to Whole Health

  2. Pre/Post treatment approach for two clinical case vignettes

  3. Pre/Post self-efficacy questionnaire

Whole Health Training Faculty

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