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 ( ) 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 

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 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 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.

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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 anytime from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday – Friday.  The password for the room is oefd.

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 ( to Zine Archives in Graphic Medicine ( 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:
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: and remember if possible to use your 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