The newly formed  Canadian Association for Health Humanities has just launched its website.

Please visit WWW.CAHH.CA   for more information on this growing community of educators, clinicians, artists and humanities scholars and on the annual health humanities meeting called  CREATING SPACE which will be held in Halifax, At Dalhousie University April  27-28, 2018 (pre-CCME) .



The Program In Health, Arts and Humanities (WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COMand Post-MD Education are pleased to offer  3 SEMINARS/EVENTS in NOVEMBER  involving film, the visual arts and poetry:


 November 14th, 2017 Arts-Based Storytelling: Engaging Clients in Meaningful Recovery 

Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion about film arts and healing! Two recent graduates of the Occupational Therapy Master’s program at the University of Toronto offer an interactive presentation about their recently completed joint placement at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Sheena’s Place, a community-based support centre for eating disorders. As part of this placement, Sezgi and Natalie designed, facilitated, and evaluated a variety of film-based therapeutic groups for the clientele at Sheena’s Place. They will share insight into the process of initiating a collaborative project between arts and health organizations; the role of occupational therapy within health/arts; the therapeutic value of diverse forms of storytelling; and examples of exercises and projects completed.

All are welcome, though this session will be of particular interest to those with an interest in occupational therapy; mental health in pop culture; narrative medicine; and community arts.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14th, 7pm  

WHERE: Mount Sinai Hospital, 9th floor, Room 939



2) A Graphic Medicine Seminar  For Physicians

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Instructor: Shelley Wall, MScBMC PhD

Duration: 2.5 hours

Date: 22 November 2017, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
(Note: If you are unable to attend on this date, the same seminar will be offered again 7TH OF  March 2018, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

Location: Room 941 Mount Sinai Hospital (9th floor)

Cost: free (registration required-  please  email  the instructor :  Shelley Wall <>)

Enrolment: 15 participants

Seminar rationale and description

The field of “graphic medicine”—that is, the intersection of comics and health care—encompasses the study of comics and graphic novels about health care and illness, the creation of comics as vehicles for learning and reflection among health care professionals, and the use of comics as an alternative means of communication about serious health and bioscience topics to patient populations and the lay public. This area of study has become firmly established in the past decade, with peer-reviewed publications in high-profile journals such as the BMJ, a dedicated book series out of Penn State Press, official recognition via a regular feature in Annals of Internal Medicine, comics incorporated into electives in some medical schools as a resource for professional identity formation, and an annual international conference.

As a creative medium, the comics form has produced groundbreaking accomplishments while it has gained greater cultural visibility, critical interest, and intellectual credibility. There is growing awareness on the part of health care professionals, patients and families, researchers, educators, and literary and cultural studies scholars that the graphic narrative form offers important resources for communicating about, and reflecting on, a range of issues within medicine and science.

In this seminar, we will read, analyze, and discuss selected graphic medicine narratives, and experiment with visual storytelling techniques to probe the nuances of clinical experience.

No drawing experience is necessary!

Seminar format

Mini-lecture; group discussion; hands-on creative exercises

Learning objectives

  • To become familiar with selected works in the canon of graphic medicine, and be able to use the critical vocabulary of visual narrative analysis to describe them
  • To analyse, develop, and practice strategies for the creation of sequential visual narrative as a means of critical reflection

About the instructor

Shelley Wall is an assistant professor in the University of Toronto’s Biomedical Communications graduate program, a certified medical illustrator, and inaugural Illustrator-in-Residence in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She teaches a graduate-level course on Graphic Medicine within the Institute of Medical Sciences, and has offered seminars in graphic medicine and illustration as a means of reflection for medical students, interprofessional education classes, and medical practitioners.

Contact info : Shelley Wall


3.)“Have You Seen The Patient?”- A Poetry Workshop for Physicians

Instructor: Ronna Bloom

Duration: 2.0 hours

Date: 29th November 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Room 941 Mount Sinai Hospital (9th floor)

Cost: free (registration required-  please  email  the instructor –

Enrolment: 25 participants

Workshop Details:

Have You Seen the Patient?

Using reflective writing and poetry, explore what it is to “see” your patient as a resident or fellow, practicing  physician, MD educator, member of a team, and as a human being.

Learning objectives:

  1. To learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on one’s work, relationships and life
  2. To engage directly with poetry through one or more practices: listening, writing, receiving
  3. To experience a kind of writing that allows the practitioner to reflect on their work with more space and to see and respond to their patients with their whole humanity
  4. To increase awareness of the impact of the professional on the personal and the personal on the professional
  5. To make reflective writing an accessible practice for self-care

Ronna Bloom is a writer, psychotherapist, teacher, and author of five books of poetry most recently Cloudy with A Fire in the Basement. Poems have been recorded by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, used in films, with architecture, and translated into Spanish and Bengali.

Ronna is currently Poet in Residence at Mount Sinai Hospital and Poet in Community at the University of Toronto. In these roles, she offers students and health care professionals of all disciplines opportunities to articulate their experiences through the practice of reflective writing and poetry.

She is a frequent guest in the faculties of Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, as well at teaching hospitals and regularly offers Inter-professional Education workshops. A registered psychotherapist, she brings 25 years of psychotherapy practice to her work as a poet and facilitator.

Her new book, The More, features poems from her work as Poet in Residence at the  Sinai Health System  and will be published by Pedlar Press in October 2017.

Ronna Bloom, M.ED
Poet in Residence, Sinai Health System
Poet in Community, University of Toronto
Registered Psychotherapist  //




Allan D. Peterkin MD FCFP, FRCP
Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine,
Head, Health, Arts and Humanities Program and UGME/Post-MD Studies Humanities Lead,
University of Toronto  (
Senior Fellow, Massey College
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