Awake at Work: Writing into Presence 🗓

Poet-in-Residence for the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities

Awake at Work: Writing into Presence

for Residents, Students, Physicians, Nurses 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, clinic or 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.


*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


Sponsored by the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme and the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto 

Thursday October 13, 2022, 6PM-7:30PM

On Zoom

Register here.

Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry. 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 and is 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.

Her new book, A Possible Trust: The Poetry of Ronna Bloom, Selected with an Introduction by Phil Hall, will be published by Wilfred Laurier University Press in 2023. 

Temerty Medicine Talks – June 18, 2021 🗓

The Age of Anxiety

After more than a year of adjusting to life during a pandemic, it can often feel like our individual and collective anxiety levels are spinning out of control. Yet, is worry always harmful?

Delve deeper into UofTMed magazine's upcoming "Possibilities" issue in the next offering in our popular Temerty Medicine Talks series. Join the Globe and Mail's André Picard and Temerty Medicine clinicians and scientists Kymm Feldman, Jodi Lofchy, Sanjeev Sockalingam, and Trisha Tulloch as they discuss healthy worry in the context of individual well-being, relationships, and medical practices, as well as techniques for living with anxiety in our daily lives.

Friday, June 18, 2021
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. (EDT)

Kindly register by June 17th. You will be able to access the online event via your mobile or desktop device. Log-in details will be provided before the event to all registrants.

Can’t join live? [REGISTER] to receive the recorded webinar to watch at your convenience.

Dr. Kymm Feldman

Dr. Kymm Feldman

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Feldman is a family physician at Women's College Hospital and the Director of the Women's Health Enhanced Skills Program in U of T’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has won local and national awards for her work in medical education in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, faculty development and mentorship.

Dr. Jodi Lofchy

Dr. Jodi Lofchy

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Lofchy is an emergency psychiatrist at Unity Health Toronto’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre, where she serves as both the Department of Psychiatry’s Interim Chief and Medical Director, as well as Service Head of Adult Acute Care Psychiatry. She is also Chair of the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Section of Emergency Psychiatry and has published widely in the area of best practices in emergency and medical education.

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam

Vice-Chair and Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Sockalingam is the U of T Department of Psychiatry’s Vice-Chair as well as Vice President, Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In addition to working as a clinician-scientist focused on obesity and mental illness, he also serves as Co-Chair of the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario Mental Health.

Dr. Trisha Tulloch

Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Dr. Tulloch is an adolescent medicine specialist who provides consultation within the Child, Youth and Emerging Adult Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also an associate staff physician in the Hospital for Sick Children and Scarborough Health Network’s Centenary Hospital, as well as Vice-Chair for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Area of Focused Competency in Addiction Medicine.

On September 24, 2020, U of T announced an unprecedented $250-milllion gift from James and Louise Temerty and the Temerty Foundation in support of the Faculty of Medicine and our community’s collective vision. The Faculty is proud to bear the Temerty name in recognition of their generous support.

As the research and educational hub within Toronto's robust health sciences network, the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine is uniquely positioned for impact – advancing health and health care in Canada and beyond.

Temerty Faculty of Medicine Advancement Office
6 Queen's Park Crescent West / Toronto, ON Canada M5S 3H2

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