Dear Friends (old & new),

The good news is that MMM Rounds is back just in time for the new school year.

The better news is that we are putting a curriculum together for MMM Rounds so you know what we will be discussing well in advance. We are aiming for 8-10 meetings in the next 12 months and we have left two blocks blank for input & content suggestion from you guys. As per last year we will be exploring poetry, film, graphic novels/zines/visual art & other media to provide a safe space for participants to discuss short(ish) representations that address spirit, wellness, resilience, consciousness, and reflection.

Our first meeting will be this coming Thursday (September 23rd) at 18:30 hrs, Eastern Time. Meetings are 1-hour duration and recur the fourth Thursday of every month. (We will create a recurring meeting invite in plenty of time for October & beyond).

Our first meeting this Thursday will comprise (re)introductions and we will spend some time looking at, exploring and sharing Erasure poetry. Feel free to read up on erasure poetry beforehand but that is not a prerequisite requirement, we just want you to turn up and enjoy ourselves.

Hope to see you at our Zoom session:

When: Sep 23, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

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


Conor & Jane

Health Humanities POETRY event with Hsien Seow and Shazia Hafiz Ramji 🗓

Join the Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets on Wednesday, September 29, at 6:00pm EST for the September edition of Cross-Pollinations, with Hsien Seow of McMaster University and poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji.

The Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets are partnering to deliver a series of monthly rounds focused on health, arts and humanities. These live sessions will feature both artists and professionals in the Health Humanities field for a multi-faceted conversation about topics related to healthcare, art, healing, and humanities.

In this ground-breaking new series, health humanities and poetry come together under the same scope, combining artistic expression with health practice and research. The conversations of Cross-Pollinations will illuminate new and emerging insights and perspectives on healthcare opportunities and challenges, healthcare approaches and advances, as well as build bridges of connection between health professionals, humanities and the arts.

This series is ideal for people in arts communities, poets and writers, as well as those working in healthcare.

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12  Mainpro+® credits.

Our August event with a presentation from Zamina Mithani, Nancy Duan, and Karen Wang of the University of British Columbia, with a reading from poet Conyer Clayton, was absolutely delightful. If you couldn’t make it, or want to revisit the event, you can now watch the recording here:

Our September event next week also promises to be very exciting. Join us for a presentation from Hsien Seow of McMaster University, discussing the health care podcast The Waiting Room Revolution.. Hsien Seow, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, McMaster University and the Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation. His interests are to improve the experience of facing serious illness for patients and families. Funded research focuses on provider education, home care interventions, and patient-family experience. He earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a BSc from Yale University. His research website is He is the co-host of the popular health care podcast The Waiting Room Revolution, a public facing education about a re-imagining of palliative care, with a new season launching in September 2021.

Hsien will be joined by poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji, who will read following his presentation. Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s writing has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019Maisonneuve, and is forthcoming in Event and Canthius. Shazia was named as a “writer to watch” by the CBC, and her poetry and prose have been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of Port of Being, a finalist for the 2019 Vancouver Book Award, BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is a co-editor for Watch Your Head, an anthology on the climate crisis and is at work on a novel.

We look forward to seeing you next week on Wednesday, September 29, at 6:00pm EST!


Nic Brewer
League of Canadian Poets

Connections – University of Alberta

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI) at the University of Alberta

is launching the “CONNECTIONS” project: a collection of artwork and scientific images that portray the many aspects of neuroscience, brain diseases and mental health, and where art and neuroscience meet.

The NMHI invites artists, scientists, and persons with relevant lived experience to submit artwork that relates to this theme.

“Connections among brain cells make our brain work and determine who we are and how we feel and interact with the world. Connections within the brain and with the world around us can be lost or compromised in many brain diseases and mental health conditions. And, sometimes, they can be restored through empathy and care. From the neuroscientist to the patient, the carer and the clinician, NMHI believes that true and meaningful progress means everyone working together to understand, share, and empathize in order to promote connections, advance science, support each other and improve the life of those with neurological and mental health conditions.

The Connections project is an opportunity to showcase the connection between art and neuroscience as well as to support research at the NMHI. The NMHI at the University of Alberta is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching institute at the University of Alberta. It is home to over 150 scientists and clinicians dedicated to discovering how the nervous system works and the causes of neurological and mental health disorders, to develop new treatments and advance clinical care.”

Please see attached information for additional information, which includes the submission form.

Pamela Brett-MacLean, BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Pronouns: She/Her)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry &
Director, Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine
MD Program, and Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Health Sciences College
University of Alberta
1-001 Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1
Email:  | Phone: 780-492-0445 (Lisa Bussiere: MD Program/ AHHM Administrator)



The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.

Attachment: CALL FOR SUBMISSION_FINAL.pdf (application/pdf)

Writing Your Way Out of a Paper Bag – A Workshop for Health Care Professionals 🗓

Writing Your Way Out of a Paper Bag

A Writing Workshop for Health Care Professionals Who Are Feeling Stuck or Blocked in Any Aspect of Their Lives

Often in life and in work we get stuck and aren’t sure how to move forward. This workshop uses writing to target stuck places and help unstick them. It offers a creative way to explore challenges and perhaps show the possibility of new directions. A brief talk will be given on blocks and the tactics we use to avoid or deal with situations. Participants are then guided through three reflective writing exercises. (This is done in a creative, non-didactic way and it doesn’t promise to solve anything! It’s meant to be fun.) No experience necessary.


  1. To learn five rules for writing that can be used as part of a commitment to personal health and renewal through creativity and awareness.
  2. To use poetry and writing as a tools for understanding and expressing challenges at work and in life
  3. To explore writing as a practice of self-care

Time and Place:

Wednesday September 29, 2021
On Zoom.

The workshop is open to residents, physicians, nurses, medical students, therapists and other health care practitioners. Sponsored by the Temerity Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto

Register here.

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. A chapbook of Ronna’s new poems, Who is your mercy contact? will be published by Espresso-Chapbooks early 2022.

Ronna Bloom, M.ED
Poet in Residence, HAH, University of Toronto
Poet in Community, University of Toronto  

The Mudroom – Guided Creative Workshops for Health Professionals Starts September 22 🗓





The Mudroom – Guided Creative Workshops for Health Professionals
Register today to get started on September 22, 2021

The Mudroom: Guided Creative Workshops
For Health Professionals

The Mudroom is a new creative and reflective writing workshop for health professionals. Monthly meetings provide a space to write, read, try out exercises in prose and verse, share work and give feedback. In between meetings, the collaboration and connection continues with online sharing.

This program is ideal for health professionals seeking to explore creative and reflective writing, and will benefit healthcare practitioners from multiple disciplines, looking for creatively informed approaches to their professional practice. All are welcome to register!

The Mudroom offers participants direct mentorship and editing from the facilitator, Damian Tarnopolsky, an accomplished novelist and prize-winning playwright with long experience teaching writing and reflection to health professionals.

Damian Tarnopolsky PhD
Course Director, Narrative-Based Medicine: An Introduction to Reading, Writing, and Reflecting in Clinical Practice and Self-Care
Writer-in-Residence, Health, Arts, and Humanities Program, University of Toronto

The program takes place in five Wednesday evening workshop sessions, from September 22, 2021 through January 12, 2022.

Register by August 16, 2021, to save $100 with early-bird pricing! See the program website or complete details and save your spot to get started in September.

[Learn more and Registration]

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 ( 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

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’

Jane & Conor

Sinai Health – Psychiatry Grand Round June 25, 2021 🗓




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


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

Meeting ID: 981 0896 4697

Passcode: 656483 

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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


Meeting ID: 878 8222 3967

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




Sarah Meilach
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

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:
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


You will receive a link when you register


— 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 

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