About Empathy Podcast-University of Toronto

About Empathy is a healthCARE podcast that focuses on patient, caregiver and healthcare provider stories. The creators and hosts believe these stories of hope, struggle, love and grief can help inspire compassion and humanism. Podcast guests discuss their personal stories, while the hosts reflect and debrief on those stories to help enable and support empathic interactions in the healthcare community. About Empathy is most relevant to healthcare providers, patients and caregivers, but these engaging narratives appeal to a broad audience. About Empathy can be streamed or downloaded from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts or directly from the website (https://www.aboutempathy.com). There are 3 seasons of the podcast and a total of 22 episodes with topics including Medical Aid in Dying, Children’s Grief, Navigating Cancer Survivorship, Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic, among other areas of interest to healthcare providers.

For more info, please contact:
Dr. Giovanna Sirianni
sirianni.gio@gmail.com

MMM Rounds Update

Dear Friends,

We apologize for the recent cancellations of MMM rounds since entering the third pandemic wave. These recent weeks and months have taken even more energy and resolve than previous months and while we had hoped that MMM might provide a space for rest reflection and recharge, the energy required to organize and lead the charge has proved difficult to maintain in the light of other responsibilities. We are placing a hold on rounds until September in order to allow full recharge over the summer. We also wish to examine ways we can provide a better more reliable space for you all. If you have any comments, queries, advice or requests for MMM we would love to hear them and fold those in to our collective thinking. Wishing you a safe healthy resurgent summer ‘break’

Regards
Jane & Conor

Sinai Health – Psychiatry Grand Round June 25, 2021 🗓

SINAI HEALTH

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY

GRAND ROUNDS

Buddhist & Western psychological models of the self and their uses in psychotherapy

Presenter:

Nicolas Beaulieu, MD, FRCPC, MA

Buddhism & Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinical Fellow, University of Toronto

Date:  Friday, June 25, 2021

Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom

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Meeting ID: 981 0896 4697

Passcode: 656483 

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Meeting ID: 981 0896 4697    Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abMVi6Z3dK

Learning objectives:

  • Describe a Buddhist model of the self, including the concept of anatta
  • Describe models of the self from psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral, and acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Gain familiarity with a framework to navigate problems related to the self
  • Critically reflect on possible Buddhist contributions to psychotherapy

Next Grand Rounds:  September 10, 2021

History of Medicine Event – June 17 (Toronto Western Hospital) 🗓

I’m excited to announce an upcoming history of medicine event, organized by the Health History Interest Group in collaboration with the Art of Medicine program within the HoPingKong Centre, UHN.

Through a shared passion for the history of medicine and medical humanities, the Health History Interest Group was formed in 2020 by UHN-MSH Clinical Assistant Dan Petrescu and University of Toronto trainees Imaan Kherani (2T3) and Ariel Gershon (R2 Anatomic Path.).  The group aims to foster mentorship, scholarship, and collaboration in the medical humanities across Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Toronto and beyond.

Recently, a number of medical students presented oral abstracts at the University of Calgary History of Medicine Days Conference.  Please join us as they share their work with peers and faculty:

History of Medicine Presentations

Thursday June 17th @ 7pm

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87882223967

Meeting ID: 878 8222 3967

See attached for more details:  [History of Medicine Event_June2021]

Thanks,

Sarah

_______________________________________________

Sarah Meilach
Administrator
The HoPingKong Centre – CEEP
Toronto Western Hospital – UHN
399 Bathurst Street, EW 8-427B
Toronto ON, M5T 2S8
(T) 416-603-5800 x 2936 (F) 416-603-6495
www.TheHoPingKongCentre.com

Synesthesia 2021 Virtual Art Exhibit is LIVE !

ARTBEAT is pleased to announce that Synesthesia 2021 is now live.

Synesthesia is an annual exhibit of visual and literary art created by health professional students, staff, faculty, and alumni at the University of Toronto. This year the exhibit is virtual.
 We hope you have a chance to relax and browse through the exhibit over the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
See the exhibit here: https://www.synesthesia2021.site/
Please also visit the ARTBEAT student humanities blog at :
The Synesthesia Team

Grief, Gratitude, and Meditative Awareness 🗓

Grief, Gratitude, and Meditative Awareness

A reflective writing session for Medical Students, Doctors, Residents, and Health Professionals

When we talk about being grateful, it sometimes feels like an attempt to override the grief we are also living with. Like telling ourselves to eat our peas because they’re good for us, a finger wagging into appreciation. But why is gratitude useful, and how can we experience it while feeling the pain around us and within us? This session uses poetry, conversation, and a meditation practice to tap into the well-being gratitude can sometimes offer, even now.

No experience necessary. Please have a pen and paper, a notebook or whatever you like to write with on hand.

Wednesday April 28, 2021

5:30PM-7PM

You will receive a link when you register

Goals

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

— Listen to poems and experience them as prompts for reflection.

— Engage in a meditation practice aimed at opening the heart in pain

— Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care

 

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. 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. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing.

Ronna Bloom, M.ED

Poet in Residence, HAH, University of Toronto

Poet in Community, University of Toronto

www.ronnabloom.com 

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

Poetry Month/University of Toronto Health Humanities Event – April 20 🗓

Topic: How Poems Move in the Hospital

Time: Apr 20, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Download flyer: Zoom invite #2
 
Adam Sol has published one collection of essays, How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry and four books of poetry, with a fifth on the way from ECW Press in the Fall of 2022. He is the Coordinator of the Creative Expression & Society Program at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College.

 

 

Dominik Parisien’s debut poetry collection Side Effects May Include Strangers was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in fall 2020 and his work has recently appeared in Maisonneuve, PRISM International, The Literary Review of Canada, This Magazine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and elsewhere. He also co-edited several anthologies, including the Hugo Award-winning Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

With deep artistic roots in dance, it is poetry that has wed Moira MacDougall’s love of movement and rhythm with voice and linguistic performance.  A 10 year family sojourn through the ‘Land of Malady/County of Cancer’ informs her second collection of poems, Vanishing Acts (Pedlar Press, 2019).  Published in Canadian and US literary journals, she is the Poetry Editor for the Literary Review of Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Event curated by: SHANE NEILSON MD
 MFA MA PhD CCFP FCFP
Poet, physician, critic
Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), McMaster University
and member of TEAM NARRATIVE (University of Toronto)
Sponsored by WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COM (University of Toronto)
 

Race, Medicine and Healthcare: Indian Hospitals in 20th Century Canada 🗓

All interested students, faculty, and staff are invited to the next talk in the Hannah History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Speaker Series, sponsored by the Hannah Unit in the History of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. Please find a poster attached.

Speaker:   Dr. Maureen Lux, Department of History, Brock University 

Respondent:  Dr. Amy Montour, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University

Title: “Race, Medicine and Healthcare: Indian Hospitals in 20th Century Canada”

Date:  March 24, 2021

Time of Talk:  1:30 – 3:00pm

Please register for the lecture on zoom using the following link:

https://mcmaster.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvcuytrDorGtalpDsTblCFWjbJBnN_r9ZW 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Talk Description: As Canada embarked on national healthcare programs such as Medicare it also maintained a system of racially segregated hospitals for Indigenous people.  Poorly funded and badly managed, ‘Indian hospitals’ isolated Indigenous people from modern care.  This history exposes some of the twentieth-century roots of racism in healthcare.

Biographies:

Dr. Maureen Lux: Dr. Lux is Professor of History at Brock University.  Her award-winning publications explore the impact of colonization on the health of Indigenous peoples and the role of medicine and the state in maintaining health disparities.  Her latest book with co-author Erika Dyck is Challenging Choices: Canada’s Population Control in the 1970s (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020).

Dr. Amy Montour:  Dr. Montour is a Haudenosaunee woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She has completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Medicine degrees at McMaster University. Amy works clinically as a palliative care physician and as an advocate for Indigenous health. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Site Director for the Grand Erie Six Nations Family Medicine Residency Site, McMaster University.

This talk is co-sponsored by the following: 

  • Hannah History of Medicine Unit
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Indigenous Health Learning Lodge Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • Masters of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Health Science Program (Honours)
  • Department of Anthropology

The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Speaker Series is made possible by an endowment from Associated Medical Services (AMS).

A poster for this talk is attached here.

Cinema Medica – It’s Nothing: Spotlight on Eating Disorders and Mental Health 🗓

Cinema Medica (University of Toronto) presents… It’s Nothing: Spotlight on Eating Disorders and Mental Health

Join us for a virtual screening of the short film IT’S NOTHING, which screened at TIFF 2019. This film utilizes performance, sound, and metaphor to articulate the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of a young woman’s experience with an eating disorder. Following the screening, director Anna Maguire and writer Julia Lederer will participate in a Q&A about their creative process and their mutual interest in the expressive potential of both words and film.

Synopsis: A recent graduate is urged by an impossibly perfect woman to start digging a hole in a nearby park, setting in motion a chain of events that threaten her emotional balance and carefully maintained routines.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6kxMYXHN-k

 
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 6pm to 7pm

How It Will Work: If you register, you will get a link to join us for the screening and discussion.

Cost: FREE!

Please RSVP Here:  https://forms.gle/7zgCTQ1n6a4vReHW9

Guests:

Anna Maguire
Anna is a British/Canadian writer, director and actress. Her directorial work has screened at festivals including TIFF, Palm Springs, PÖFF Black Nights and the BFI London Film Festival where she was nominated for Best Short with Your Mother and I in 2016. She has won awards at The London Short Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Rhode Island, and Underwire among others, was long listed for a BAFTA, and nominated for Best Short at the 2018 London Critics’ Circle Awards. As an actress, Anna recently performed in Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project alongside Salma Hayek, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard and can be seen in the upcoming film Violation by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli. Anna is passionate about film education, especially in under-served communities.

Julia Lederer
I’m a writer. My plays have been acclaimed internationally and produced across North America in places including Los Angeles, Chicago, Alaska, New York, Boise, Toronto, and Paris. I’ve also written film and television. My films continue to screen at festivals worldwide, including The Toronto International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), Cucalorus, Cinequest, Canadian Film Fest, and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma. I worked on the 4th season of Kim’s Convenience as part of CBC’s Emerging Writers Room. I love what words can do. My favourite work to watch, read, and write is imaginative, poetic, and funny. It strives to see and understand our world, often from a sidestep outside it. I also write about feelings a lot, as they tend to drive everything, acknowledged or not.

Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are: A Writing Workshop for Medical Students, Doctors, Residents and Health Professionals 🗓

Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are

A Writing Workshop for Medical Students, Doctors, Residents and Health Professionals

Often in work, and in life, energy moves towards projects and people but there’s little left for your own restoration, especially for those working in health care. In this workshop, through the use of poems and prompts, you will be nudged into writing and reflecting on what sustains you, what you love and what you need. Take this time for yourself as a flicker of possibility of how you might take time for yourself in general.

No experience necessary. Please have a pen and paper, a notebook or whatever you like to write with on hand.

Date and Time:

March 31, 2021

5PM-6:30PM

You will receive a link when you register

Goals

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

— Engage directly with poetry as a tool for expressing challenges and discovering resources

— Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care

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. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronna

bloom.com

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

NEW SEMINAR-MULTI MEDIA IN MEDICINE (MMM) 🗓

NEXT MIXED-MEDIA & MEDICINE (MMM) SESSION Mar. 16 @ 6:00 pm

Our next meeting (March 16th) will be, yet again, a little different. Taking our cue from poetry and comics, we’ll use MK Czerwiec’s panels of Pablo Neruda’s “Keeping Quiet” as a jumping off point.

https://comicnurse.com/comics/neruda-in-quarantine/

And here is the Neruda’s poem in its entirety: http://quantum.bu.edu/zen/readings/keepingQuietNeruda.html

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We’d like everyone to partake in an exercise: creating your own 4-panel comic.

We’ll spend some time during the session making these so no need to create in advance. We’ll instruct you and create accordingly.

Hope to see you at our Zoom session: https://utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscuispz0qHd2cM22zT1QmQa_zg55I-0TP

Thanks all,

Conor and Jane