Creating Space HEALTH HUMANITIES Conference

Creating Space 13: Deadline for proposals extended to January 31

The deadline for submitting proposals for Creating Space 13 has been extended to January 31.

Creating Space 13, the annual conference of the Canadian Association for Health Humanities, will take place on April 13 and 14 in Quebec City. The 2023 theme is: For a sustainable pedagogy of the health humanities: Transdisciplinary and transcultural perspectives.

The conference will feature two plenary speakers: Lisa Boivin, interdisciplinary artist and doctoral student at the Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto, and Jean Désy, doctor, teacher at the Faculty of Medicine of Laval University, surveyor of the Far North and writer.

The conference programme will include a plenary performance on the evening of April 13 on the theme of arts and care, with a focus on traditional knowledge in its relationship to care and, in particular, the knowledge of the First Nations. The performance will feature artist Andrée Lévesque-Sioui and a group of artists from Quebec and other provinces of Canada.

Registration is open. You must be a member of CAHH to attend Creating Space. Join or renew your membership online.

Creating Space 13 will be held in conjunction with the International Congress on Academic Medicine (ICAM), Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. For information on reserving hotel accommodations for Creating Space 13, visit the ICAM website.

Questions? Contact:

AGO SEMINARS – “Art Is Patient” February 2023

Art is Patient seminar series

People are complicated. Art is difficult. They’re both challenging: often opaque and multi-layered and labels really tell us? As clinicians or as viewers, how do we approach and understand these layered hard to read. People and artworks might show up with their labels front-and-centre, but what do beings as insightfully and respectfully as possible?

Art is Patient introduces learners to a series of steps to approach art in a museum as a means to explore the ways we encounter people in our clinics and offices. The course proposes that relating to art and to people in meaningful ways doesn’t require specialized background knowledge. Rather, it  requires our mindful, open-minded engagement.
The seminar series turns the Art Gallery of Ontario into a dynamic lab for visual literacy. In each of three linked sessions, we engage with one or two pieces of artwork with curiosity and humility. The art tells us what we need to know about seeing, witnessing and engaging in the context of care. The museum allows objects and images to clarify the professional/patient relationship in ways the clinic can’t, giving us space to question and understand our roles with one another, all without the usual pressures to know or perform or explain.

· guided close observation of art
· group discussion and
· self-reflection via mark-making

· 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, curiosity, creativity and self-reflection
· Understand the role of embodied witnessing in the practice of medicine.

Seminar leader:
Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA, Adjunct Faculty U of T Dept of Psychiatry, is an art therapist, a relational 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”, appears in Health Humanities in Postgraduate Medical Education (Oxford U Press, 2018) and expands on how looking at and making art can vitalize learning in medicine. She is a Harvard Fellow in Art Museum-Based Health Professions Education.

Time and place:
3 sessions in sequence:
3:00 to 5:00 on Wednesdays February 8, 15, and 22, 2023
In person: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St West, Toronto

Open to all U of T Medical Students and Residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is no cost for participation but enrolment is limited for a small group experience.
No art experience is necessary.
Tickets are graciously provided by the AGO.

For more information and to register, please contact: and indicate your year of study and specialization.

Call for Submissions: Graphic Medicine Annual Conference, July 13-15, 2023

Call for Submissions: Graphic Medicine Annual Conference, July 13-15, 2023

University of Toronto Downtown Campus, Toronto, ON, Canada

 The Graphic Medicine conference is returning to Toronto! This will be a hybrid conference, with in-person and virtual attendance options.

The conference theme is “Graphic Medicine: Encounters and Invitations”.

We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on health, illness, caregiving, and disability as they intersect with comics in any form (e.g., graphic novels and memoir, comic strips, manga, mini comics, web comics, etc.).

Presentations may explore the following questions and topics, or others you feel are relevant to the field:

    • How do you invite comics connected to health, well-being, caregiving, illness, and disability into your work?
    • How do you invite Graphic Medicine in and to educational settings?
    • How is Graphic Medicine addressing important topics, like reproductive and disability rights, health disparities and equity, dying and death, and social justice (to name a few)?
    • How might Graphic Medicine create dialogue across disciplines?
    • What is the history of Graphic Medicine?
    • What is the future of Graphic Medicine?
    • What are the spaces of Graphic Medicine encounters? Who is not at our tables? How can we intentionally create spaces of invitation?

Presentation Formats:

    • Lightning talks: These 5-minute presentations should provide an engaging and concentrated synopsis of new, ongoing, or completed scholarly, creative, or professional work in Graphic Medicine. This format is designed with the promotion of sustained conversation in mind.
    • Oral presentations: These 15-minute presentations are largely for collaborative, interdisciplinary, or other work that requires and engages a longer presentation format.
    • Panel discussions: These 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of speakers are meant to address a single topic from a variety of perspectives.
    • Workshops: These 90-minute, hands-on, activity-driven sessions are for presenters who wish to impart particular skills with regard to comics. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
      • drawing for health
      • accessing personal stories
      • comics and storytelling
      • mini-comic tutorial

Hybridity plan: Conference sessions will be available for viewing online for registered participants unable to attend in person. A select number of proposals will be accepted as prerecorded video if the presenter is unable to attend in person.

Submission and Selection Process: Proposals should be submitted as a PDF and the abstract of the proposal should not exceed 300 words.

Please include the following information in this order:

    • Author(s)
    • Affiliation(s) (if applicable)
    • Email address of primary contact
    • Title of proposal
    • Abstract of proposal (300 word maximum)
    • Sample images or web links to work being discussed (if applicable)
    • Presentation format preference(s) (see options above)
    • Equipment needed (e.g., AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)


Proposals should be submitted by February 15, 2023 to:

We will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by the week of March 15, 2023. While we cannot guarantee that selected presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, we will attempt to honour preferences.

Please note: Presenters are responsible for costs associated with their session (e.g., handouts and supplies) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference. Registration fee levels will be posted on the conference registration page in early 2023. Our intention is to make this conference logistically and financially accessible. Discounted rates and some limited scholarships will be available for students, artists, and others in need. All conference spaces will be accessible and closed captioning will be available, and additional disability accommodations will be made available on request.

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land. For more information, please visit

Staging Medicine in collaboration with Tarragon Theatre Presents: Readers Theatre and Writing Seminar

Explore the role of ‘The Healer’ through a series of classic and contemporary plays such as:

King Lear (Shakespeare), Truth (Rosa Laborde), Indian Act: Residential School Plays (Donna-Michelle St. Bernard), 4.48 Psychosis (Sarah Kane), & My Sister’s Rage (Yolanda Bonnell).

Seminar Dates:

Sunday, February 26 – 12-2pm

Sunday, March 12 – 12-2pm

Sunday, April 16 – 12-2pm

Sunday, May 7 – 12-2pm

Please sign up by clicking here

With facilitation from Tarragon’s Associate Artistic Director, Myekah Payne and Neurologist/Playwright Dr Suvendrini Lena

We hope you’ll stick around and join us for a special 15$ matinee following each session!

Please email with any questions or issues (or to register if the link is misbehaving) using “Staging Medicine” in the subject line.

Special Matinees for health sciences students at the Tarragon Theatre

You’re Invited!

Tarragon Theatre is thrilled to offer $15 community partner tickets to medical/ health professions learners!

We hope you can join us for the following Sunday matinees! 

Redbone Coonhound written by Amy Lee Lavoie and Omari Newton

Directed by Micheline Chevrier with Kwaku Okyere

Sunday, Feb. 26 @ 2:30pm

Use code RED15 at check out access $15 tickets

Behind the Moon written by Anosh Irani

Directed by Richard Rose

Sunday, March 12 @ 2:30pm

Use code MOON15 at check out access $15 tickets

The Hooves Belonged to the Deer written by Makram Ayache

Directed by Peter Hinton-Davis

Sunday, April 16 @ 2:30pm

Use code DEER15 at check out access $15 tickets

Paint Me This House of Love written by Chelsea Woolley

Directed by Mike Payette

Sunday, May 7 @ 2:30pm

Click here to book your tickets


Summer Education Institute: Teaching for Transformation

CFD/CACE Summer Education Institute: Teaching for Transformation (June 11-13, 2019)

This 3-day faculty development program offers teaching and assessment approaches well suited to addressing the social and relational aspects of care.

We will explore: 

(1) Different paradigms for health professions education;

(2) Innovative ideas for teaching and assessing in a transformative way; and,

(3) Practical strategies for systems change in health professions education.

We invite health professions teachers/educators, clinicians, administrators, leaders, scholars, and others to join us.

Registration is open. Spaces are limited. Fee is $1000CDN/person including materials and most meals.

Location: Womens College Hospital, 76 Grenville St, Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Visit or email for more information.


The Centre for Faculty Development (CFD), the University of Toronto Postgraduate Medical Education and Continuous Professional Development, and Program in Health, Arts and Humanities (HAH) are excited to announce the launch of Writing for Healthcare Practitioners: Creation, Reflection, and Practice with Damian Tarnopolsky!

For more information and to register, please visit: Registration closes on March 20, 2019.

This program aims to meet the needs of healthcare practitioners seeking to explore creative and reflective writing, as well as those looking to inform their professional practice with narrative approaches to health and medicine.

The course will begin by introducing the elements of writing practice and the essentials of close reading, to be applied with greater focus and depth as the workshop goes on. We will read a selection of published works relating to health and the body, including short stories, memoir, and drama, and discuss what they offer to us as models. Guest speakers will offer theoretical/practical/creative perspectives on additional genres, such as poetry and non-fiction.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope that you will consider joining us for this exciting learning opportunity and please share this announcement widely with your networks.

With many thanks,


Farah Friesen, MI
Education Knowledge Broker & Program Coordinator
Centre for Faculty Development
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at St. Michael’s Hospital
Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre
30 Bond Street, LKSKI Building, 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1W8
T:416-864-6060 ext. 77416

MINDFEST 2019 Symposium – January 24, 2019

MINDFEST 2019 Symposium

Mindfest is returning  on Thursday, January 24, 2019.
10 am – 2 pm.
Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir.
University of Toronto – St. George Campus.

Key Note Speakers:

Dr. Tony George: Cannabis Legalization and Psychiatric Disorders: Caveat “Hemp-tor”

Mr. Arif Virani, M.P.Youth Mental Health in Marginalized Communities: Antibullying and Antistigma Initiatives.

Panel Discussions; Information Booths; Activities.

Please Visit Our Website! 

Cinema Medica Screening Feb 19 at 6pm

Bending the Arc (2017)

All are welcome – RSVP Below

Join us for a screening of Bending the Arc (2017), a documentary about the work two physicians and a social activist did to establish Partners in Health in Haiti. The screening will be followed by a short discussion period for those interested.
RSVP (free!) here:

Film synopsis

30 years ago in Haiti, Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and activist Ophelia Dahl began a movement that would change global health forever. Bending the Arc tells their story.


This event is happening on Feb 19, 2019, at 6pm, at 500 University Ave., Room 140.

Admission is free, and there will be refreshments and snacks!

RSVP here:

Mimi Divinsky Narrative Writing Prize 2019

The application window is now open, and we are looking for submissions for the Mimi Divinsky Award for History and Narrative in Family Medicine, which recognizes the best submitted narrative account of experiences in family medicine. The award is named in memory of Dr Mimi Divinsky for her role as a pioneer in narrative medicine in Canada.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: The award is open to College of Family Physicians of Canada members in good standing, family medicine residents, or medical students. Stories must be 1200 words or less and may be submitted in English or French. Submissions should reflect the annual theme, which for 2019 is TEACHING.

VALUE: The Mimi Divinsky Award for History and Narrative in Family Medicine will be presented at the Awards Gala during Family Medicine Forum 2019, which takes place in Vancouver, BC, from October 30 to November 2. All submitted stories will be available publicly at The award-winning story will also be published in Canadian Family Physician.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications must be submitted online by 4:00 PM (ET) on March 1, 2019.

For more information and to submit your story, please visit

The CFPC Humanities Committee is supporting a Health Humanities Community. 


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White Coat Warm heART submissions

Call for Submissions:

WHITE COAT, Warm ART Exhibit ~ Niagara Falls Ontario April 13th-16th.

We are pleased to announce the TENTH “White COAT, Warm ART Exhibit” which is held annually in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical education (CCME).  This exhibit will showcase the creative talents of medical / other health sciences faculty, residents, students, and physicians and other health professionals from across Canada.  This will be a juried exhibition. Entries can include, oils, watercolours, photographs, pastels, etchings, pen and ink, etc. Limited space will also be available for the display of small sculptures.

Artistic Selection: Selection for all pieces will be based on artistic merit, and demonstrated skill in effecting a particular artistic vision in the media chosen.


1) Live Exhibit:  Artists selected for the live exhibit must either plan to bring their art themselves to the exhibit, or arrange to have it brought & picked up by someone else.  Any Shipping arrangements (delivery AND packing for return shipping) must be arranged entirely by the artist (we don’t have the resources to arrange shipping). Any shipping (& Insurance) expenses are born by the artist.

2) Digital Exhibit:  If you don’t plan to attend the exhibit, or are unable to have your art brought by a colleague, please submit to the “Digital Exhibit”.


1)      First Register with (it’s free)

2)      Click on “Art Gallery”

3)      Submit your artwork to the “White Coat Warm heART 2019 Gallery”

4)      You will be prompted to include a “Artist Statement” (60 words max: describe the art itself, and the role of art making in your professional life)  For judging purposes please include the word “LIVE” or “DIGITAL” at the beginning of your Artist Statement.

5)      If you have any problems with the submission process Email ASAP and

Deadline for Submission is:

Sunday January 27th, 2019 by 5PM Pacific Standard Time.

  • ORIGINAL Artworks must be created by submitting faculty, residents, students or those involved in the healthcare/ wellness field
  • Art displayed at other exhibits are welcomed. 
  • A maximum of 2 artworks per artist can be submitted.