Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion/Covid Fatigue in Note Form 🗓


Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion/Covid Fatigue in Note Form

A Reflective Writing Session for Medical Students, Residents, Physicians and Other Health Professionals

Perhaps you are too overwhelmed to read this. Let’s be brief: this workshop will address impacts, physical or emotional, personal or professional, of caring for human suffering. Including your own. In notes. A creative writing workshop. With other hesitant people. Using poems as guides. Have a rest, write something. No writing experience necessary.


— Learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on one’s work and life

— Engage with poetry as a tool for understanding and expressing challenges

— Increase awareness of the impact of the professional on the personal, and the personal on the professional

— Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care


Time and place:

Tuesday December 8, 2020 6PM-7:30PM

On Zoom. You will receive a link when you register.

Workshop leader:

Ronna Bloom is a poet and teacher. Her most recent book, The More, was published by Pedlar Press in 2017 and long listed for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. She has collaborated with health care professionals, filmmakers, academics, students, spiritual leaders, and architects. A frequent guest in the faculties of Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, as well at teaching hospitals, she brings 25 years of psychotherapy practice to her work as a poet and facilitator.

Ronna developed the first Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health which ran from 2012-2019. She is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme. Her “Spontaneous Poetry Booth” and “RX for Poetry” have been featured in hospitals and fundraisers in Canada and abroad.

Ronna Bloom, M.ED

Poet in Residence, HAH, University of Toronto

Poet in Community, University of Toronto  //


To register: Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, Physicians and Learners from other disciplines. Register here. 


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