Self-Care and Therapeutic Presence through Emotion-Focused Mindfulness 🗓

Dear Residents and Clinical Fellows

– See below for a new virtual offering to support your emotional wellbeing, starting December 14th. Spots are limited. We welcome you to register by emailing pgwellness@utoronto.ca

Self-Care and Therapeutic Presence through Emotion-Focused Mindfulness 

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW

Format: Monthly online sessions

Eligible: Post-MD, Residents and Clinical Fellows, U of T

Dates: Dec. 14, 2020, to May 3, 2021 (in 2021, first Monday of each month)

Time: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

This monthly series will introduce participants to a gentle form of mindfulness meditation that emphasizes self-compassion in order to arrive at, make sense of, and transform emotional experience in ways not usually included in meditation. Participants will learn to support each other in deepening their practice through responsive, communicative empathy, cultivating both self-care as well as genuine presence with others. Sessions include talks, meditation, journaling, and sharing and exploring our meditation experience. Group size will be limited to 12 participants.

Learning goals: 

  • Develop a more genuine relationship with self and others, deepening therapeutic presence with patients
  • Cultivate compassion, empathy and responsiveness toward your own and others’ experience
  • Learn calming, grounding and compassionate self-soothing techniques
  • Develop own meditation practice at home
  • Compare and contrast Buddhist roots with this practice

To register, emailpgwellness@utoronto.ca

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, is the Mindfulness and Wellness Clinical Educator for the Health Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto. He developed Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (EFMT) and presents internationally on it. Bill is a pioneer in providing professional mindfulness training in Toronto—he has trained and mentored mental health professionals, psychiatry residents and social work students in mindfulness-based approaches for fifteen years. He has meditated for more than thirty years.

Bill is a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, in private practice at the Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health where he provides individual and couple Emotion-Focused Therapy, EFMT groups, and EFMT professional training. He worked in the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns, in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital for 22 years.

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW
www.mindfulfeeling.ca
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health
1200 Bay Street, Suite 403
Toronto, ON M5R 2A5 | CANADA

www.cpeh.ca

Mindfulness and Wellness Clinical Educator
Health Arts and Humanities Program
University of Toronto

Cinema Medica – Hold The Date January 19 🗓

Join us for a virtual screening and discussion of The Cave: Global Health in the Spotlight

Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave (2019). For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaZkwBWuN2A

Date & Time:  Tues Jan 19, 2020, 6pm

How It Will Work: If you register, you will get a link to watch the film a few days before the date; watch it at your convenience, then join us for the discussion on Jan 19 at 6pm!

Cost: FREE!

Please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5LT2W6J

FUTURE CINEMA MEDICA DATES:  Tues Mar 9, 2020, 6pm & Tues May 11, 2020, 6pm.

Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion/Covid Fatigue in Note Form 🗓

Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion/Covid Fatigue in Note Form

A Reflective Writing Session for Medical Students, Residents, Physicians and Other Health Professionals

Perhaps you are too overwhelmed to read this. Let’s be brief: this workshop will address impacts, physical or emotional, personal or professional, of caring for human suffering. Including your own. In notes. A creative writing workshop. With other hesitant people. Using poems as guides. Have a rest, write something. No writing experience necessary.

Goals

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

Time and place:

Tuesday December 8, 2020 6PM-7:30PM

On Zoom. You will receive a link when you register.

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.

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

www.ronnabloom.com  //  ronna.bloom@utoronto.ca

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

NEW “AUTHOR MD” READING SERIES-FIRST ZOOM EVENT DECEMBER 3RD 🗓

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences  (University of Manitoba) and Temerty Faculty of Medicine (University of Toronto) present :                      

‘Poetry and a Medical Life’ – A Reading and Conversation with Conor Mc Donnell, MD and Bahar Orang, MD 

The AUTHOR MD series is hosted by the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities at the University of Toronto (www.health-humanities.com ) and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Alan Klass Health Humanities Program and the Office of Educational and Faculty Development at the University of Manitoba.  For more information please contact Allan.Peterkin@utoronto.ca. 

The AUTHOR MD SERIES was created to provide a platform for Canadian physician- writers to share their work broadly and to deepen a conversation on the role of creativity and reflection in a clinical life.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm  CST (Winnipeg)

7:00 – 8:30 pm EST (Toronto)

Authors: Conor Mc Donnell, MD and Bahar Orang, MD
Location: Webinar

Conor_McDonnell

Conor Mc Donnell is a physician and poet.  He has published two chapbooks, The Book of Retaliations (Anstruther Press) and Safe Spaces (Frog Hollow Press). He received Honourable Mention for The Fiddlehead’s 2018 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Proze, was shortlisted for the RowArtReview 2019 Charles Bukowski Prize, and was runner-up in the Vallum 2019 Contemporary Poetry Prize.

Bahar_Orang

Bahar Orang is a writer and physician-in-training living in Toronto.  She has a BASc from McMaster University and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto.  She completed her MD at McMaster University, and is now completing specialty training in psychiatry in Toronto.  Her poetry and essays have been published in such places as GUTS, Hamilton Arts & Letters, CMAJ, and Ars Medica.

Please click here to register (first time users will need to complete an online profile/create an account prior to registering).

Downloads:

[Author MD Series | Author MD Series Pre-Order]

ALL ARE WELCOME

If you experience difficulty with the online process, please contact Laurie Driedger at (204) 952-7754, laurie.driedger@umanitoba.ca or Karen DePape at (204)272-3111 or Karen.DePape@umanitoba.ca

There is no charge for this workshop.

Please note that OEFD is holding virtual office hours using Zoom.  If you have any questions or encounter any problems moving your course or session online, or would like assistance designing materials for online delivery, you can join us at https://zoom.us/j/428566593 anytime from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday – Friday.  The password for the room is oefd.

ZOOM READERS THEATRE – STARTS NOVEMBER 29TH 🗓

Plague Plays – Part One

If you are looking for a place to put your thoughts about the life we are living in medicine now join me for an informal reader’s theatre, called Plague Plays.

We’ll read the original version of Camus’s The Plague side by side with a faithful dramatic rendering by the British Playwright Neil Bartlett. We’ll read the dramatic version on zoom together over four sessions.

We’ll try to strike a balance between literary and personal engagEment with the text. In chaotic times, texts such as this can help us to find meaning and focus.

“Perhaps the easiest way of making a town’s acquaintance is to ascertain how the people in it work, how they love, and how they die.” – Camus, La Peste

Dates and Times: Sundays: November 29, Dec 13, Jan 10, 24   4:00-5:30 pm

Zoom Link

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrc-2rqDkuH9dREpOjR4Mnszag82pT36rv

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

Materials:

  1. Camus, The Plague. Stuart Gilbert Trans. Vintage International Edition.
  2. Neil Bartlett, The Plague adaptation for the stage. Oberon Books London 2017.

You should obtain your own copy of Camus’s The Plague. I will distribute the script for reading together prior to the first session.

Suggested Pre-reading:

Nov 29 – Part 1 pp 1-65

Dec 13 – Part 2 pp 65-165

Jan 10   – Part 3 & 4 pp 165-267

Jan 24   – Part 5 pp 267 – 308

To confirm register please send an email to me at suvendrini.lena@camh.ca

In Part Two we will read Oedipus Rex – best known as an incest play – but also a play about plague, pollution and, leadership, the Decameron, and Dafoe’s Diary of the Plague Year (with the option of creating our own diary of a plague week).

More information on future sessions coming soon.

Dates in January and February to be announced.

ALL ARE WELCOME

*There are no attendance rules for these sessions. You can join when you can, or want.

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New Seminar – Mixed-Media in Medicine (MMM) 🗓

At the University of Toronto, Narrative Medicine and Arts-based Curricula are staples of Undergraduate Studies in Medicine and increasingly through Residency and beyond. The opportunities afforded for engagement, reflection and social connection enrich and encourage trainees and faculty alike 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) – A  New Virtual Narrative Medicine Space Open To All  

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 (beginning November 24th, 2020) from 6 pm until 7. MMM will continue on the second Tuesday of every month starting in January 2021.
 

The Meeting Itself:
When: Nov 24, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudeysqjkpHN1EgPt7rimi4_5zWqp9KPZx
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Some Housekeeping:
First, please take a moment to subscribe to our MMM listserv; please send an e-mail message to: listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca and remember if possible to use your @utoronto.ca email to subscribe. In the BODY of your message, please type the following: subscribe HAH-MMM-L your Firstname and Lastname (Example: subscribe HAH-MMM-L Bruce Wayne). A confirmation request message will be sent to your email account with a confirmation link.

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

Improv and the Performance of Medicine – 4 Sessions 🗓

The Performance of Medicine:

Medicine, like theatre, is both an art form and a skill set; clinical interactions and patient encounters combine unpredictable situations, information-gathering, and a need for adaptability (Watson, 2011). Applied drama and improv uses the principles, tools, and practices of theatre in non-theatrical settings for the purposes of skill building, reflection, and innovation. Through applied drama and improvisation, participants will experience how clinical competencies and CanMEDS roles can be enhanced through playful, embodied learning. Engagement with these sessions aim to raise a critical consciousness, develop personal awareness, and build community/support. Throughout the four sessions we will engage with serious play and reflective practice through creative exploration. No previous theatre, improv, or performance experience required.

RSVP: Jafine@mcmaster.ca

Zoom link: https://mcmaster.zoom.us/j/99771861191

The Performance of Medicine Dates*

        Jan 27, 2021 6:00 – 7:30 PM

        Feb 24, 2021 6:00 – 7:30 PM

        Mar 31, 2021 6:00 – 7:30 PM

        Apr 28, 2021 6:00 – 7:30 PM

*Signing up confirms attendance at all 4 sessions.

 
Hartley Jafine
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

Arts-Based Research with Hartley Jafine 🗓

Arts-Based Research with Hartley Jafine

Join us to learn how you can share your research through artistic methods. Arts-based research is the use of artistic practices (theatre, photography, poetry, etc.) to collect, analyze, and communicate research (Leavy, 2015). These lectures will offer an introduction to arts-based research methodologies and identify its value in medicine and healthcare. Participants will explore the basics of arts-based research methods and will investigate how one can use this methodology in future research. The lecture will discuss examples of arts-based research in healthcare and how it has been used for research communication, development of health policy, teaching, and reflective practice. No previous arts experience required.

Dates: Tuesday November 24, 2020 and Tuesday January 26, 2021*, from 6-730 pm EST

*Signing up confirms attendance at both November 2020 and January 2021 sessions.

RSVP: Jafine@mcmaster.ca

Goals of the Sessions:

  1. Define and offer an introduction to arts-based research methods and verbatim theatre.

  2. Demonstrate how arts-based research and verbatim theatre can be used as a tool for research communication, development of health policy, teaching, and reflective practice.

  3. Engage and experiment with arts-based research as a methodology and explore how one can use it in future research.

Hartley Jafine
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
Links:

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

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