Health Humanities event: the poetry of psychosis 🗓

Join the League of Canadian Poets and the Canadian Association for Health Humanities for the latest session in the Cross Pollinations Virtual Rounds Series!

When: Wednesday, October 27, 6pmEST/3pmPST

Topic: The Poetics of Psychosis

Speakers: Bahar Orang (physician and poet) and Khashayar Mohammadi (poet)

Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqde2vqj0sEtYaQfM3sScnBJbE8rl2F0_A

The Poetics of Psychosis: Join us with poet Khashayar Mohammadi, drawing on his experiences with psychosis, and poet-physician Bahar Orang, drawing on her psychiatry training, for an integrated discussion on poetry and medicine as they relate to medical cultures and discourses of psychosis.

Bahar Orang is a writer and physician-in-training living in Toronto. Where Things Touch: A Meditation on Beauty is her first book.

Khashayar Mohammadi is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer and Translator. He is the author of four poetry Chapbooks. His debut poetry collection Me, You, Then Snow is out with Gordon Hill Press.

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.

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.

NEXT MULTI-MEDIA IN MEDICINE-OCTOBER 28TH 🗓

Don’t’ Make A Scene: Mixed Media & Medicine goes to the Movies

sent on behalf of Jane Zhao & Conor Mc Donnell

Faculty, students, residents, come one come all. We invite you to join us for an exciting first foray into Film this year. People often discuss their favorite films but less frequently we hear conversation around the Scenes that Mean the Most. What are the standout scenes that shaped your life, contribute to how you engage with your work, your life, your family? Please bring a favorite scene or two for sharing on October 28th at 6:30pm. We are not big on rules but in the interest of safety we do ask the following:

  1. No long scenes: keep them under 2 minutes. We would prefer you bring two or three brief scenes rather than one long one.
  2. Sharing YouTube clips works best but please check the clip beforehand.
  3. Be prepared to discuss why this scene is important: when did you first see it? Who were you with? Why does it speak to you?
  4. No violence or vulgarity: this is not an invitation to make colleagues uncomfortable. While we are not in the business of censorship we will immediately remove inappropriate material.
  5. As always, be respectful; all choices and reasons for such are valid and welcome.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpcuihrjwtE9AHX9BQMYoY5pu-lBZVyA9c

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any trouble registering please email: conor.mcdonnell@sickkids.ca

See you at the movies!

Conor & Jane

ARTS AS RESEARCH-LEARNING ARTS-BASED METHODS 🗓

Arts as Research: using the arts to  research communication

Sent on behalf of Hartley Jafine

For medical and healthcare students at all levels

Arts as Research is a series of 2 sessions (1 Fall, 1 Winter) exploring arts-based research methodologies and its value in healthcare.

Arts-based research (ABR) is the use of artistic practice, such as theatre or photography, as a means to collect, analyze, and communicate research (Leavy, 2015). Sessions will offer an introduction to ABR and illustrate how it has been used for research communication, development of policy, social engagement, pedagogy, and reflective practice. Join us to imagine how you can share your research through art.

Learning goals:
– Experiment creatively with artistic practices.
– Learn and engage with the process of creating arts-based research.
– Identify how the arts can be used for advocacy, research communication, reflection, and dialogue.
– Define arts-based research and identify its role within the health humanities and healthcare.

Facilitated by: Hartley Jafine
Instructor & Facilitator, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and Arts & Science Program
Lecturer (Part-Time), Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University

Session Dates
Session A – October 20, 2021 OR November 23, 2021
(Session A is the same session, offered twice)
Session B – February 8, 2022 OR March 15, 2022
(Session B is the same session, offered twice)

Time: 7:00-8:30PM (EST)
Join for one or both sessions

To register: contact jafine@mcmaster.ca

Hartley Jafine (he/him)
Facilitator, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and Arts & Science Program
Lecturer (Part-Time), Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University
Communication Coach
Post MD Education – Postgraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Interprofessional Arts-Based Learning Specialist
Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care
Youtube Links:

Scars, X-Rays, Tattoos, and Other Stories of The Body 🗓

A Workshop for Medical Students, Residents and Health Professionals 

When you look at a body, you see a history. 

Once the body isn’t seen anymore, 

the story it tried to tell gets lost.   

Louise Gluck

This workshop explores how our bodies tell stories and how we respond to them in ourselves and with each other. Using poems as prompts, we’ll write, aiming to explore and express some of what our bodies are saying, getting to hear and voice these implicit, ongoing conversations. In reflecting on our own embodied expressions, we’ll begin to reflect on the stories patients might be telling or not with theirs. The event is synced to Halloween, a public reminder of how we inhabit our bodies, consciously and unconsciously, by choice or by chance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To get curious about the stories a body is telling
  2. To use poetry as a way to reflect on and deepen your health care practice
  3. To process experiences as a practitioner or student in health care
  4. To learn five rules for writing which can offer a method of self-care and reflection

Time and place:

Thursday October 28, 2021
5:30PM-7PM
On Zoom.

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 in January 2022.

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

Art is Patient: exploring visual arts + relationships in health care 🗓

For medical and healthcare students at all levels

Art is Patient is a series of 3 seminars to explore visual art in a museum context, as an analogue to meeting patients in our offices.

The course introduces learners to a series of fresh steps to see art objects. Through facilitated looking, talking and mark-making, it offers an enlightening way of meeting and understanding the people we work with. The approach recognizes that we don’t need background knowledge – any specialized education — in order to learn to get to know objects and Others in a humane and meaningful way.

The seminars turn a group of learners and a museum into a dynamic lab for visual literacy. In each of three linked sessions, the educator leads the group in engaging with one or two pieces of artwork with openness, curiosity, creative collaboration, and humility.

Learning goals:

Sharpened technical abilities such as close observation, diagnostic acumen, pattern recognition and the perception of non-verbal cues

Enhanced cognitive skills, such as description and interpretation (and understanding the distinction between them), critical thinking, and metacognition

Enriched interpersonal skills with both patients and colleagues, such as collaboration, social awareness and cultural sensitivity

Furthered professional growth: professional identity formation and the nurturing of humanistic qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity, creativity and enhanced self-reflection.

 

Facilitated by Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA
Art Psychotherapist, Adjunct Faculty Dept of Psychiatry, Specialist in Arts-based Education

2021 Fall semester: Wednesdays November 3, 10, 17

4:00pm to 5:30pm at the Royal Ontario Museum (tickets provided; double-vaccination required)

Limited enrolment! This is an in-person small group experience. Attendance at all 3 seminars required to participate

To register: contact evamarie.stern@utoronto.ca

CINEMA MEDICA-OCTOBER 19TH VIRTUAL SCREENING (6pm) 🗓

Cinema Medica presents: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 

Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly depicts the life of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who developed locked-in syndrome resulting from a stroke at age 43. The film is based on the 1997 memoir of the same name, which Bauby wrote over ten months by blinking his left eyelid. Subjective cinematography – the story is told from Bauby’s literal point of view – voiceover, and impressionistic sequences convey Bauby’s rich inner world and interactions with various health care providers with great empathy. The film takes place in the hospital in Berck-sur-Mer where Bauby was a patient, with the staff making appearances in the cast.

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPlcQfglFJg

Date & Time: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at 6pm.

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

Register at https://forms.gle/31zfT2d6EtTfroxKA!

For more information, please contact Michael Tau: Michael.Tau@unityhealth.to

NEXT MIXED MEDIA & MEDICINE (MMM) SESSION – Sept. 23 @ 6:30 pm EST 🗓

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:

https://utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEufuyhrD8uHNSvOc1vcM84QeKwmlau9IN1

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

Cheers,

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTMxznw60W8&list=PLA4LWs4tY9GBY4FchwaJwwDdnsJq-aa8H&index=5

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 www.palliativecareinnovation.com. 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!

Cheers,

Nic Brewer
League of Canadian Poets

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.

Goals:

  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
5:30PM-7PM
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
www.ronnabloom.com  

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

MONTHLY WRITING WORKSHOP FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WITH NOVELIST AND NARRATIVE-BASED MEDICINE EDUCATOR, 

DAMIAN TARNOPOLSKY PHD.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO CPD.  REGISTER NOW !

 

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]

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

https://zoom.us/j/98108964697?pwd=THN0YnhwckxvWTl5SjBVU3ZCaEtoUT09

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

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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