The World is Bright – Hot Docs Ontario screening time 🗓

Please spread the word about the screening of this film directed by Ying Wang , which  film won the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs :

https://www.hotdocs.ca/news/hd20-award-winners

The film tackles issues of mental health, isolation and immigration, and is even more relevant now when mental health problems have become a world crisis due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

For the Ontario Premiere, go to :  

https://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=125201~741853d5-bf72-40a5-a015-09aded779383&ep=1

The tickets are on sale now and people can watch the film BETWEEN May 28 until June 26 at    https://www.hotdocs.ca/.

Some Spaces available for the last Online Poetry Crash Cart tomorrow 🗓

Poetry Crash Cart: Loving and Working During Covid-19 for Health Care Students and Workers 

This is the last of an online, weekly hour and a half of poetry workshop for health care students and clinical workers. For people working in acute and ongoing moments of need. For all of us now. What might poetry do here?

Poet Ronna Bloom will introduce poetry that has been used in hospitals, and is being shared widely now online, and will read poems that speak to different moments and needs. The aim is to offer the perhaps tired student and practitioner a listening experience, a conversation about poetry, and a chance to write.

Each session will focus on poems and prompts for writing aimed at bringing us more fully into awareness with spontaneity and self-care. No writing experience necessary.

One more session TOMORROW, a few added spaces ——> Wednesday May 20th  4-5:30PM

Register at Eventbrite for details and a Zoom link. There is no fee to participate.

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.

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

Workshop Conditions : 

By requesting to join this ZOOM writing workshop, you confirm that you are a health professional, clinician or health professions student. Any personal narratives shared must respect patient confidentiality and their right to complete privacy. If verbally sharing a piece of writing about a clinical encounter during the workshop, you must change a patient’s name and omit /alter any other unique or identifying characteristics. Sessions must not be audio or video-recorded.

Online conduct university guidelines can be found at:

https://utmedhumanities.wordpress.com/blog-moderation-guidelines/

Three online poetry sessions for healthcare workers and students – OK to drop in 🗓

Message from RONNA BLOOM-Poet In Residence For the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities:

Dear friends,

I write this note to you, wishing you well where you are, and with two things to share.

As Italy begins to step outside, I offer a new piece of writing, Venice Journals, published online this week by Ice Floe Press. It’s an excerpt of a manuscript in progress with poems and photographs from many visits. Sent with love for that wondrous city. May they/we emerge in health.

Starting today, I am doing a series of 3 poetry sessions:  The Poetry Crash Cart — Loving and Working During Covid-19 — for Health Care Workers and Students. This is a low pressure event — meant to be a rest — with poetry. I will introduce poetry that has been used in hospitals, and is being shared now widely online and will read poems that speak to different moments and needs. Then we’ll write. There are a few spots left. If you’re interested in joining something like this and you’re not in health care, please let me know.

Sending energy out in your direction.

Ronna

Venice Journals: poems and photographs

One tiny poem written as the pandemic began, “Dear Heart.” For anyone who needs it. xo

The Oasis, an Online Medical Humanities Writing Group for U of T Residents and Fellows 🗓

Begins May 7, 2020

Introducing The Oasis, an Online Medical Humanities Writing Group for University of Toronto Residents and Fellows: 

This initiative, open to all GTA residents and fellows, aims to provide a safe and supportive space for learners to gather, reflect, and engage with peers during these challenging and unprecedented times. The group will meet via Zoom on a biweekly basis for a narrative medicine-based workshop co-facilitated by two psychiatry residents, Phoebe Bao and Nikhita Singhal. Writing prompts will be provided during the sessions; no prior experience or preparation required. Here’s a sample prompt: “If you could travel through time, write a dialogue between your current self and your one-month-ago self, about the future to come.”
For questions, suggestions, or to learn more, please contact Phoebe (phoebe.bao@mail.utoronto.ca) and Nikhita ( n.singhal@mail.utoronto.ca).
We encourage you to RSVP here https://forms.gle/H2bo9cRf7X9SEtRV9 , however drop in attendance is also welcome!
The first meeting shall take place on May 7th from 7-8:30pm.
Meeting ID: 960 8068 7551

Poetry Crash Cart: Loving and Working During Covid-19 🗓

Poetry Crash Cart: Loving and Working During Covid-19

for Health Care Students and Workers 

This is a weekly hour and a half of poetry for health care students and clinical workers. For people working in acute and ongoing moments of need. For all of us now. What might poetry do here?

Poet Ronna Bloom will introduce poetry that has been used in hospitals, and is being shared widely now online, and will read poems that speak to different moments and needs. The aim is to offer the perhaps tired student and practitioner a listening experience, a conversation about poetry, and a chance to write.

Each of the 4 sessions will focus on poems and prompts for writing aimed at bringing us more fully into awareness with spontaneity and self-care. No writing experience necessary.

Wednesdays May 6, 13, 20, 27.  4PM-5:30

You can drop in for any or all of the 4 sessions and don’t have to sign up for all sessions. Register by noon of the day you’d like to come at Eventbrite for details and a Zoom link. There is no fee to participate.

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.

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

Workshop Conditions :

By requesting to join this ZOOM writing workshop, you confirm that you are a University of Toronto-affiliated health professional, clinician or health professions student. Any personal narratives shared must respect patient confidentiality and their right to complete privacy. If verbally sharing a piece of writing about a clinical encounter during the workshop, you must change a patient’s name and omit /alter any other unique or identifying characteristics. Sessions must not be audio or video-recorded.

Online conduct university guidelines can be found at:

https://utmedhumanities.wordpress.com/blog-moderation-guidelines/

Virtual Creative Writing Group For Residents 🗓

University of Toronto Residents’ Creative Writing Group

Are you interested in stretching your creative muscles? Looking to refine a creative work for publication? Or perhaps just to inject a dose of humanities into your medical practice?

The University of Toronto Residents’ Creative Writing Group is here to help! Now, more than ever, is a time for us to hone skills for self-expression.

We comprise of a group of residents and fellows at the University of Toronto interested in sharing and improving our writing. Meetings are held approximately once a month, 2 hours in length.

We welcome residents/fellows from any specialty, and with an interest in any genre of writing (narrative medicine pieces, poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction) as long as it’s written to be read.

Given the current public health landscape, our next meeting will be held over Zoom on Monday, April 20th, 2020 at 7:00pm. For this meeting, we will be joined by a very accomplished medical writer and current CMAJ Humanities Editor, Barbara Sibbald.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/862157092

If you wish to attend or would like more information, please join our facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1490804187882797/) or email me at jonah.himelfarb@mail.utoronto.ca.

Happy writing!

Jonah

Jonah Himelfarb
Internal Medicine Resident
University of Toronto
Jonah.Himelfarb@mail.utoronto.ca

Awake at Work 🗓

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.

Time and place:
April 29, 2020
6PM-8PM
Via Zoom
 
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

Workshop Leader
Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, The More (Pedlar Press, 2017) 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 is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Program. Her “Spontaneous Poetry Booth” and “RX for Poetry” have been featured in hospitals, conferences and fundraisers in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronnabloom.com

Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, and Learners from other disciplines. Sign up for one or both.

  To register contact ronna.bloom@utoronto.ca

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

WORKSHOP with Ronna Bloom

Postcards from the Edge:

Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Note Form

*** PLEASE NOTE: Expanded availability for virtual/online participation ***

April 15, 2020

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. In notes. A creative writing workshop. With other hesitant people. Using poems as guides. Have a rest; write something. No experience necessary.

Via Zoom
with Ronna Bloom-April 15, 2020 (See Ronna’s BIO below)

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

To register contact ronna.bloom@utoronto.ca

Ronna Bloom (Workshop Leader)

Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, The More (Pedlar Press, 2017) 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 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, conferences and fundraisers in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing.

ronnabloom.com

Narrative Rounds – Stories Turned into Case Studies and Case Files – EVENT POSTPONED 🗓

Please hold the date for our joint Department of Family and Community Medicine – Department of Psychiatry – Health and Humanities GRAND ROUNDS

June 5th, from 10:45 am-noon, followed by a book signing

18th Floor Auditorium

Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave

Our speaker is disability activist ELI CLARE

Title:  “Stories Turned into Case Studies and Case Files”

Biography

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare lives near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (currently known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written two books of creative non-fiction, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure and Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, and a collection of poetry, The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion, and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.

Poetry and Healing: A Benefit for Sick Kids Hospital at Supermarket in Kensington Market 🗓

FUNDRAISER April 5, 2020

Poetry and Healing: A Benefit for Sick Kids Hospital at Supermarket in Kensington Market 

Sick Kids Hospital and The League of Canadian Poets announces the inaugural fundraiser for Sick Kids hospital, ‘Poetry & Healing’.

Join us for an afternoon of poetry for a great cause.

12 poets share their poetry, and within it, the healing journey of writing, or reading, or sharing, poetry. This day explores the indigenous concept of “medicine,” the healing power of words, and the transformative and inspiring power of poetry.

The League of Canadian Poets presents:
Al Moritz, (Poet Laureate of Toronto), Luciano Iacobelli, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Lois Lorimer, Daniel David Moses, Ronna Bloom, Rajinderpal Pal, Catherine Graham, Dr. Conor McDonnell, Jacob Shier, Ayesha Chatterjee, Corrado Paina

April 5, 2020
Supermarket
268 Augusta Avenue

1pm-4pm

Awake at Work 🗓

Writing/Poetry and Reflection for Medical Students, Residents, and Health Professionals:

Awake at Work

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.

Time and place:
March 25, 2020 6PM-8PM
Mount Sinai Hospital,
600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON CANADA
OT room 941

Narrative Atelier – June 2020 – EVENT POSTPONED 🗓

NOTE: This event has been Postponed.

The NARRATIVE ATELIER (June 5-8, 2020) will incorporate these Rounds and a workshop by Eli Clare. The 4-day intensive Programme explores the theory, practice and teaching of Narrative-Based Medicine through the close interpretation and reading of :

  • Visual Narrative
  • Written and Reflective Narrative
  • Performed Narrative (Including Improv)
  • Cinematic Narrative
  • Journalistic Narrative
  • Modes of patient/client writing

To receive the finalized Atelier Program and to Register – please write to:
mspi.msh@sinaihealthsystem.ca

For more on the Narrative Atelier – see this article from the latest issue of the WALRUS:
https://thewalrus.ca/how-literature-can-lead-to-better-healthcare/

Allan D. Peterkin MD FCFP, FRCP
Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine,
Head, Health, Arts and Humanities Program and UGME/Post-MD Studies Humanities Lead