A New Virtual Narrative Medicine Space at U Toronto – Open To All 🗓

Dear Colleagues,
 
Mixed-Media & Medicine (MMM) – A  New Virtual Narrative Medicine Space Open To All  
 
Narrative Medicine and Arts-based Curricula are  staples of Undergraduate Studies in Medicine and increasingly in Residency and beyond, here at the University of Toronto.
The opportunities afforded for engagement, reflection and social connection enrich and encourage trainees and faculty to learn in transformative ways. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many burdens on both learners and practitioners. However, it has also presented us with an opportunity to explore new connections both virtual and visual. 
 
Mixed-Media & Medicine  (MMM) offers a novel discussion space for group learning, reflection and new modes of presentation that are open to all medical learners – student, faculty & staff alike. From our own UofT literary journal ARS MEDICA (https://ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal) to Zine Archives in Graphic Medicine (https://www.graphicmedicine.org/comic-type/zine/and everything in between (Poetry, Comics, YOUTUBES, Monologues, Short Short Stories you name it), we are excited to provide a safe space for participants to discuss short(ish) representations that address spirit, wellness, resilience , consciousness, and reflection.  This is an inclusive environment to which ALL are welcomed and equally valued. Please spread the word amongst all people medical – students, faculty, colleagues, tutors, professors, residents, fellows, undergrads, postgrads.
 
Come one come all !
 
Join us for the Mixed Media in Medicine (MMM) get-together second Tuesday of the month (beginning November 10th 2020) from 6 pm until 7.
 
In preparation for this first meeting, please feel free to submit ideas & suggested texts  for this and future meetings to the organizers at :
 
 (please place MMM in the subject tab)
 
Dr. Conor Mc Donnell, Staff Anesthesiologist 
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
PeriOperative Services Associate Chief for Patient Safety & Quality Improvement
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine Patient Safety & Quality Program Director
Hospital Patient Safety Physician & Medication Safety Physician Lead, The Hospital for Sick Children

Awake at Work 🗓

Awake at Work 

Writing into Presence for Medical Students, Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals

In this session, use writing to explore how simply showing up and attending to your own experience is the starting point for attending to others. Through guided exercises, you’ll have the opportunity to notice your personal, professional, and physical responses –– whether you’re at a desk, in the community, or in a hospital room –– and to write about them in a reflective, open, non-evaluative way. See how being awake to yourself might help you be awake at work. No experience is necessary.

Goals

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

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 6PM—7:30PM, Online

 
Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry. 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, fundraisers and local fairs in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronnabloom.com
 

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/awake-at-work-writing-into-presence-for-residents-students-physicians-tickets-122553399517

HeNReG 2020-21 Virtual meetings starting in October

Health Narratives Research Group 2020-21/ Virtual Meetings Starting in October

Invitation From Carol Nash PHD :

The HeNReG meets weekly on Wednesdays, between the first week in October and the last week in April. There is a natural break at the end of the calendar year and new members often join in January.

The Health Narratives Research Group (HeNReG) allows researchers the opportunity to take the personally relevant stories that initiated their commitment to health care and develop them into narratives with a particular point of view. The process includes both personal reflection and the willingness to share one’s story and gain additional insights from the rest of the group.

The HeNReG is a voluntary, non-credit group, free of charge, open to any member of the university community interested in health care. Diversity of membership is both supported and encouraged.

Participants may develop their narrative into a piece for publication in either written (e.g. memoir, poem) or alternative format (e.g. graphic novelization).

As a result of COVID-19 limitations, meetings now take place entirely online over a hybrid-model, private Facebook group platform.  Created by Dr. Nash, the private Facebook group includes all members of the 2020/21 HeNReG.  To participate, potential members require:  a Facebook account, to “friend” Dr. Nash, and be willing to join this private Facebook group.

Participants can join anytime by contacting Dr. Nash at carol.nash@utoronto.ca.

The HeNReG is facilitated by philosopher of education Dr. Carol Nash, who as Scholar in Residence in the History of Medicine created this process for developing narrative in 2012 in collaboration with Professor Edward Shorter, the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine. Since 2015, the group has been supported by the Health Arts and Humanities Program directed by Dr. Allan Peterkin.  From 2015-2020, the group’s meetings occurred in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

Art is Patient seminar series-Visual Literacy Training 🗓

Art is Patient

November 2020 (online)
This 3-part seminar guides Medical Students, Residents , Physicians and Other Health Professionals in :
·    close observation of art
·    group reflection and
·    art-making
within the art galleries and museums of the world (via virtual visits), to let art tell us what we need to know about seeing, witnessing and engaging in the context of care. The art gallery allows objects and images to clarify the doctor-patient relationship in ways the clinic can’t, giving us space to question and understand our roles with one another without the usual pressures to know or perform or explain.
 
Goals
·    Foster cognitive skills such as description and interpretation (and better understand the distinction between the two), critical thinking and metacognition
·    Sharpen technical abilities such as close observation, diagnostic acumen, pattern recognition and the perception of non-verbal cues
·    Deepen interpersonal skills with both patients and colleagues, such as collaboration, social awareness and cultural sensitivity
·    Nurture humanistic qualities such as tolerance of ambiguity, creativity and self-reflection
·    Understand the role of embodied witnessing in the practice of medicine.
 
Seminar leader
Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA, Adjunct Professor U of T Dept of Psychiatry, is an art therapist, psychotherapist and educator. She co-founded WRAP (within the Trauma Therapy Program) at Women’s College Hospital in 1998. Her chapter, co-authored with Shelley Wall, “The Visible Curriculum”, which appears in Health Humanities in Postgraduate Medical Education (Oxford U Press, 2018) expands on how looking at and making art can vitalize learning in medicine. She offers art-based medical education initiatives in hospitals, museums and community studios.
 
Time and place:
One series of 3 sessions per semester
3 consecutive Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm: November 2, 9, 16
Via Zoom meeting
 
Enrolment:
Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, practising Physicians/Faculty and Learners from other clinical disciplines on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost for participation but enrolment is required and ATTENDANCE IS EXPECTED AT ALL THREE seminar/workshops. Please do not take a spot if you cannot commit to attend.
 No art experience is necessary. Basic pencil and paper are needed as art materials.
 
For more information and to register, please contact: emstern@artandmind.net
 
There will be a second offering in second term (2021)-stay tuned!
 
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Eva-Marie Stern, RP MA
Adjunct Faculty, Dept of Psychiatry, U of Toronto
Specialist in Arts-based Education

CAHH Special General Meeting and Inaugural Virtual Rounds,1 October 2020 🗓

For members of the Canadian Association for Health Humanities

Membership info at  : https://www.cahh.ca/new-products/annual-membership :

Good afternoon to all,

I hope this finds you and yours well at a singular time, to say the least. As CAHH members from 2018-2019, I wanted to notify you of two events coming up on  Thursday, 1 October 2020: the CAHH Special General Meeting (SGM) and our inaugural Virtual Rounds (to be held by Zoom). Details are below for each, but I wanted to note that the SGM will be for members only. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so at https://www.cahh.ca/new-products/annual-membership as we’d love to have you there!

If you have already renewed your membership for this year, feel free to disregard that and my apologies for the extra e-mail. Please see details of the sessions below, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Brett Schrewe (CAHH Secretary-Communications Officer)

On behalf of the CAHH Executive and Advisory Council

CAHH Special General Meeting (SGM)

  • 14h30-15h30 (PDT)
  • 15h30-16h30 (MDT)
  • 16h30-17h30 (CDT)
  • 17h30-18h30 (EDT)
  • 18h30-19h30 (ADT)
  • 19h00-20h00 (NDT)

The Zoom link will be sent to CAHH members by separate e-mail in the days to come! The SGM Agenda and associated documents will be available on the CAHH website prior to the SGM (www.cahh.ca).

CAHH Virtual Rounds

This event is open to the general public, is co-hosted by the University of Alabama’s Art of Medicine Rounds, and will be held immediately following the SGM as follows:

  • 15h30-17h30 (PDT)
  • 16h30-18h30 (MDT)
  • 17h30-19h30 (CDT)
  • 18h30-20h30 (EDT)
  • 19h30-21h30 (ADT)
  • 20h00-22h00 (NDT)

The Zoom link will be available in the coming days.

We are ecstatic to feature the following presenters!

  • Malika Sharma, MD, MEd, FRCPC (Toronto, Ontario), “Whose Stories, Whose Voices: Troubling Humanism in Medicine”
  • Tracy Moniz, PhD (Halifax, Nova Scotia), “How and why are the arts and humanities used in medical education? A scoping review of the literature”

Poetry presented by

  • Don Colburn MA, MFA (Oregon, USA)
  • Jack Coulehan MD, MPH (New York, USA)

Invitation – Fireside Chat on Leadership – September 15 🗓

Invitation | Fireside Chat on Leadership | September 15

Dear Students,

As part of our ongoing commitment to leadership education, we are introducing a series of ‘Fireside Chats’ with medical leaders.   The six chats which will take place over the current academic year are formally part of the PG Leadership Certificate Program, and we are delighted to open them up to our entire community of medical learners at UofT so that all can be inspired and benefit from the wisdom and experience of these faculty.  Below are the details for the first fireside chat:

Topic: Authentic and Inspired Leadership

Speaker: Dr. Philip Berger

Date and Time: Tuesday September 15th at 6:15 – 6:45 pm

Livestreaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlcx52Omm4g&feature=youtu.be

To ask a question during the chat please email: anne.matlow@utoronto.ca

About the speaker: Dr. Berger is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine, was Medical Director of the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital from 1997-2017 and Chief of its Department of Family and Community Medicine from 1997 to 2013. He has helped establish human rights related health organizations arising from his work with torture victims, refugees and people with HIV and has been involved in campaigns to fight poverty and in support of drug users.

Objectives:

  • How to identify conditions external to the patient and her community which can cause illness and impede recovery.
  • Assess the collision between self effacement and self interest in the context of physicians’ duty to patients and to the public.

Readings (DOWNLOAD attached document which contains both readings)

1.      Pellegrino ED.  Altruism, self-interest and Medical Ethics. JAMA 1987;258:1939-40

2.      Berwick DM.  To Isaiah. JAMA 2012; 307:2597-99

We hope you can join us!

Patricia Houston MD, MEd, FRCPC
Professor and Vice Dean, Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Glen Bandiera BASc (Engin.), MD, MEd, FRCPC
Professor & Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

ONLINE 2020 Humanities and Workshop Series 🗓

YOU ARE INVITED: OBLIQUITY – Humanities and Medicine Workshop Series

OBLIQUITY was created at the University of Alberta in 2019 with a vision to dissolve the partition between the arts and the sciences while offering participants tools to cope with difficult situations they may endure. For individuals working in the healthcare field, the ability to process intense emotion and difficult situations is an essential skill for individuals working in the healthcare field yet tools to accomplish this feat can at times feel intangible. OBLIQUITY was created to respond to this impasse. We believe that the arts and sciences are two sides of the same coin – one entity with two unique characters. Kahlil Gibran captures this concept of duality best in his poem Of Joy and Sorrow: “Some of your say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow.’ and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater.’ But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember the other is asleep upon your bed.”
The theme for this year’s series is INTER/SECTIONS – speakers have been invited to combine two topics that one may not normally associate together (with a focus on the humanities and medicine). Our first workshop will be held on Zoom on September 15, 2020 from 6-8pm MST.
If you would like to participate this year, please visit our website to register (see the link in our email signature). 
 
For ease, here is the direct link to register: https://www.obliquity13.com/2020-program
Please note: there is a separate link specifically for UofA Medical Students. If you are a UofA Medical Student please use this link. If you are not a UofA Medical Student, please use the link titled “External Registration.”
OBLIQUITY – humanities and medicine workshop series
University of Alberta

COVID & Ethics Series: links to videos of 4 webinars

From Dr Robert Klitzman,

Joseph Mailman School of Public Health

Four  online lectures on Bioethics and Covid 19 in the US

Free Lecture Series: Intersections of Race, Class, and Health

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to share details about a virtual lecture series that I have organized over this new academic year.  All of the presentations are open and free, but there is a separate rsvp link for each.  I will send along that information as we move through time and space.

Please share with others, especially your students.

Thanks,

Dr. Tess Jones

SAVE THE DATES for this year-long lecture series on Mondays at noon.

RSVP for our first presentation by Dr. Damon Tweedy, MD on October 19th.

Download flyer>>

SYNESTHESIA VIRTUAL ART EXHIBIT NOW ONLINE

Our students from the ARTBEAT HEALTH HUMANITIES BLOG and  the SYNESTHESIA ART CLUB have curated a wonderful art exhibit, now available to view online.

Creative expression has flourished in these challenging times  and SYNESTHESIA now helps us launch into a new academic term.

SYNESTHESIA  is an annual event which showcases multi-media  works from students, staff , faculty and alumni from all clinical disciplines and departments in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto .

Here is the link to the virtual exhibit:

https://synesthesiauoftmed.wixsite.com/artbeat

🎨

ARTBEAT

https://utmedhumanities.wordpress.com/

Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant – Call for Proposals August 2020

From Dr. Glen Bandiera, Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education   

Dear Colleagues,

Post MD Education continues to offer the Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant in the amount of $5,000 per project proposal, distributed on a semi-annual basis. The first (inaugural) call went out in January 2017 and grants were awarded in June and December in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

I am writing to announce the call for the fall 2020 submissions. The submission deadline is October 15, 2020 with grants awarded to the successful applicants in December.

The integration of humanities in medical education curricula has the potential to improve observation skills, self-reflection, and enhance learner competencies in the CanMEDS roles. Projects and proposals may reflect a variety of curricular designs which identify how medical humanities will be integrated into curricula and further enhance CanMEDS competencies.

Each proposal will require a matching funding commitment from the submitting department/division, i.e., if the project budget is $4,500 – a letter from the department chair committing to $2,250 is required. Funding will be provided for a one year period, and applicants must agree to submit a project report at end of the period.

Post MD Education will transfer the awarded funds to the successful applicant’s Academic Department in the Faculty of Medicine. Business Managers will provide Financial Information Services (FIS) account numbers to facilitate this transfer within four weeks of application approval or the funding offer will be withdrawn. The Academic Department will be responsible for the disbursement of funds to the successful applicant.

Attached is further background on the purpose of the grant as well as a template for the application. Please distribute widely.

[Medical Humanities Education Match Funding Grant PostMD]

We look forward to receiving applications for the Medical Humanities Education Grant by October 15, 2020.

Please submit your package by email to Arlene McKinley at arlene.mckinley@utoronto.ca

Sincerely,
Glen

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Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education

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