Allan Peterkin MD, Health, Arts & Humanities Director

Dr. Allan Peterkin

Dr. Peterkin studied English and French literature before starting medical school at the University of Manitoba and went on to complete residencies in family medicine and psychiatry at McGill University. He is the author of fourteen books for adults and children, including textbooks on physician well-being, narrative medicine  and the health humanities.

Staying Human During Residency Training-How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School is in its sixth edition in North America and Staying Human During Foundation Training has just been released in the UK (2018).

He is a founding editor of the literary journal ARS MEDICA and has published poetry, fiction and critical essays on narrative medicine and the use of the humanities in medical education in Canadian and international journals. Peterkin is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and is a Senior Fellow at Massey College.  He is the Humanities Faculty Lead for both UGME (Undergraduate Medical Education) and Post-MD Education.


  • Lisa Andermann MD
  • Bruce Ballon, MD
  • Ronna Bloom, MEd, Poet in Residence
  • Monica Branigan, MD
  • Charlotte Chagoya, RPN
  • Leo Chagoya, MD
  • Sarah Coleman, RN, PhD
  • Allison Crawford, MD
  • Bill Gayner, MSW
  • Debra Hamer, MD
  • Julie Hann, OT
  • Jon Hunter, MD
  • Rex Kay, MD
  • Louise Kinross
  • Robert Maunder, MD
  • Nancy McNaughton, PhD
  • Nick Pimlott, MD
  • Paula Ravitz, MD
  • Michael Roberts, MD
  • Robin Roger, MA
  • Donna Romano, RN, PhD
  • Ronald Ruskin, MD
  • Tilda Shalof, RN
  • Miriam Shuchman, MD
  • Anna Skorzewska, MD
  • Eva-Marie Stern, Art Therapist
  • Paul Uy, MD
  • Shelly Wall, PhD, Illustrator in Residence