Art is Patient seminar series-Visual Literacy Training 馃棑

Art is Patient

November 2020 (online)
This 3-part seminar guides Medical Students, Residents , Physicians and Other Health Professionals in :
路    close observation of art
路    group reflection and
路    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鈥檛, giving us space to question and understand our roles with one another without the usual pressures to know or perform or explain.
路    Foster cognitive skills such as description and interpretation (and better understand the distinction between the two), critical thinking and metacognition
路    Sharpen technical abilities such as close observation, diagnostic acumen, pattern recognition and the perception of non-verbal cues
路    Deepen interpersonal skills with both patients and colleagues, such as collaboration, social awareness and cultural sensitivity
路    Nurture humanistic qualities such as tolerance of ambiguity, creativity and self-reflection
路    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鈥檚 College Hospital in 1998. Her chapter, co-authored with Shelley Wall, 鈥淭he Visible Curriculum鈥, 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
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:
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 馃棑

For members of the Canadian Association for Health Humanities

Membership info at  : :

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 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 (

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 馃棑

Invitation | Fireside Chat on Leadership | September 15

Dear Students,

As part of our ongoing commitment to leadership education, we are introducing a series of 鈥楩ireside Chats鈥 with medical leaders.聽聽 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.聽 Below are the details for the first fireside chat:

Topic:聽Authentic and Inspired Leadership

Speaker:聽Dr. Philip Berger

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


To ask a question during the chat please email:聽

About the speaker:聽Dr.聽Berger聽is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine,聽was Medical Director of the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital from 1997-2017聽and Chief of its Department of Family and Community Medicine聽from 1997 to 2013. He聽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.


  • How to聽identify聽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.聽聽聽聽聽聽Pellegrino ED.聽 Altruism, self-interest and Medical Ethics. JAMA 1987;258:1939-40

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

We hope you can join us!

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

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

ONLINE 2020 Humanities and Workshop Series 馃棑

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).聽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).聽
For ease, here is the direct link to register:聽
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

Writing as Craft in the Time of Covid-19- Some Spots Remain 馃棑

Writing as Craft in the Time of Covid-19:聽

A weekend digital writing retreat for health practitioners聽

Led by Damian Tarnopolsky PhD
Health, Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto
and Shane Neilson MD
McMaster University
With special guest speakers
Madhur Anand, author of the acclaimed 鈥渕emoir-in-halves”聽This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart聽
and Ian Williams, winner of the Giller Prize for his novel聽Reproduction
Access via Zoom, August 14-16 2020.聽Course Fee: $500.00
For more information and to register:聽
About this event:聽
Learning how to write more expertly gives health practitioners a skill with which to build therapeutic relationships, improve patient outcomes, and live in a more engaged way. Led by expert faculty with long experience in teaching narrative medicine and writing in the health humanities, this virtual retreat offers participants a chance to re-tell the COVID narrative from a place of autonomy.
This weekend program will feature a variety of short lectures, workshops, discussions, and reading and writing activities for individuals and groups, designed for their effectiveness at distance and their use for 聽writers at every level.
Special guest sessions led by internationally acclaimed authors Ian Williams and Madhur Anand offer participants a unique opportunity to learn up close from masters of their craft; editorial advice and consultation on publishing opportunities will also be available.
We offer a respite from pandemic despair, and an invitation into artistic transformation.
Space is limited!聽For more information and to register, please visit聽
Questions? Contact the organizers at聽