Oasis Online Reflective Writing Group – June 9th 🗓

Oasis Online Reflective Writing Group – Next date June 9th, 7-830 pm EST

Invitation for The Oasis, a Medical Humanities Writing Group :

This initiative is open to all learners in the health sciences and related disciplines (i.e. medical students, nursing students, residents etc.). This writing group provides a supportive space for learners to gather, reflect, and engage with peers during these unprecedented times.

The group will meet via Zoom on a bimonthly basis for a narrative medicine-based workshop co-facilitated by two psychiatry residents at the University of  Toronto , Phoebe Bao and Nikhita Singhal.

Sample Prompt: “Write about a stranger that has stayed in your mind after the encounter”  Writing prompts will be provided in session; no writing experience or preparation necessary.

For questions, suggestions, or to learn more, please contact Phoebe (phoebe.bao@mail.utoronto.ca) and Nikhita ( n.singhal@mail.utoronto.ca). RSVP here https://forms.gle/H2bo9cRf7X9SEtRV9 by June 8th to express your interest in this or future meetings, and to receive the Zoom invitation.

Our next meeting is June 9th from 7-8:30pm.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR CANADIAN COVID-19 ANTHOLOGY

The Covid Journals: Dispatches From The Front Lines

Edited by Damian Tarnopolsky PhD and Shane Neilson MD, with a foreword by Allan Peterkin MD.

The coronavirus pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge on all levels of Canadian society. Essential workers on the so-called “front lines” are routinely cited as heroes in newsprint and online, on television broadcasts, and coffee shop signs because they risk developing a severe infection in the course of their daily work. But what is the cost of heroism, and what is it really like to work for the health care workers themselves? What has the actual experience been for doctors, nurses, EMS/ambulance professionals, respiratory technicians, dieticians, spiritual care workers   and others in Canada? Has COVID taught us new lessons about self-care and caring for others? How have issues of power and privilege affected your own work and relationships with colleagues, patients and clients during this time?

TELL YOUR OWN STORY:

We wish to learn of COVID stories of all kinds from all over the country to see whether creative and reflective writing by health professionals can help society see the pandemic differently.

The editors seek previously unpublished fiction, micro-fiction/flash, creative non-fiction, memoir, essay, poetry, comics/graphic medicine panels, photography, art, etc. for a collection tentatively scheduled for publication in fall 2021. We welcome contributions from practitioners in ANY health discipline, and particularly from historically and currently under-presented voices. We seek writing from residents of Canada or pieces that focus on the Canadian experience in particular.

Creative and reflective responses to any aspect of the pandemic are invited, from the experience of “front line” work, the nature of virtual appointments, the balance of home and work in the pandemic context, the role of story in the patient experience, narrative -based discussions of ethical questions raised by Coronavirus care, thoughts and hopes for what comes next. We are interested in work that communicates the practitioner’s lived experience with COVID-19 , and takes this opportunity to shape and understand the narrative of pandemic as it happens .

Authors must maintain the confidentiality of patients (if clinical encounters are discussed), also of colleagues and staff. Any creative work inspired by clinical experiences should be free of specific identifiers (e.g. particular places, dates, unique or identifying features, real names of practitioners and patients.)

Please direct previously unpublished submissions (maximum 3000 words or 5 pages poetry/graphics) with a 100-word biographical note   by August 30th 2020   to :

covidjournals1@gmail.com

For more information , including contractual details, please contact the editors at : covidjournals1@gmail.com


About the Editors:

Damian Tarnopolsky PhD teaches creative and reflective writing and narrative medicine in the Health, Arts and Humanities Program at the University of Toronto. An acclaimed writer in many genres, his fiction has been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Journey Prize, and his play The Defence won the 2019 Voaden Prize. His essays and articles have appeared in The WalrusReader’s Digest, Partisan Magazine, and elsewhere, and he recently served as a juror for the Toronto Book Awards. He runs Slingsby and Dixon, an editing company.

Shane Neilson is a disabled poet, physician, and critic who lives in Oakville, Ontario. He completed his PhD in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in 2018. His book, Dysphoria (PQL, 2017) was awarded the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry in 2018. He is currently completing a postdoctoral position at McMaster supported by a $50,000 ‘Talent” grant awarded by SSHRC in 2018. Other good things to happen to Shane include receiving the Governor General’s Gold Medal for his dissertation work in disability studies and the Regional Dean’s Award for Excellence in Medical Education which was also bestowed for Shane’s championing of disability in McMaster’s medical faculty. He is the festival director of the AbleHamilton Poetry Festival which just successfully completed its second run. Finally, he is also the Poetry Advisor for the Canadian Medical Association Journal where he actively works to include poems by disabled writers. His poems appeared in Poetry Magazine in April of this year. Work from his latest book, New Brunswick, has appeared on Verse Daily.

Allan Peterkin MD is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads The Program In Health, Arts and Humanities (www.health-humanities.com). He is the author/editor  of 14 books on  medical humanities, narrative medicine, physician health, cultural history  and human sexuality. Over 20 years, Dr Peterkin co-led a therapeutic writing group for men and women living with HIV, with occupational therapist, Julie Hann.  This work resulted in an acclaimed collection of patient narratives called ” STILL HERE-A POST-COCKTAIL AIDS ANTHOLOGY.”

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/

COVID AND THE ARTS/HUMANITIES-PART TWO

Short Pieces for Long Days:

A SARS-Cov-2 Medical Humanities Reader

Articles, essays and art

Curated by:  David Elkin, MD, MSL from UCSF

davidelkin@comcast.net

(Selections do not represent the views of SFGH or UCSF)

Historical Perspectives

Bugs and people: when epidemics change history:

https://hekint.org/2018/03/15/bugs-people-epidemics-change-history/?highlight=epidemic

Samuel Pepys, Plague of 1665:

 https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/viral-news

Plague cure link to contemporary drink:

The 1700s Plague Cure That Inspired an Uncannily Contemporary Cocktail

Cholera epidemic in London, Steven Johnson telling the story of John Snow. Ghost Map: How the “ghost map” helped end a killer disease

Semmelweis and the power of hand-washing:

https://theconversation.com/ignaz-semmelweis-the-doctor-who-discovered-the-disease-fighting-power-of-hand-washing-in-1847-135528?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2014%202020%20-%201593215257&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2014%202020%20-%201593215257+Version+A+CID_e3bdee1a91f54bfced32288468a1a18c&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Ignaz%20Semmelweis%20the%20doctor%20who%20discovered%20the%20disease-fighting%20power%20of%20hand-washing%20in%201847

Origins of the term “quarantine,” Mary Mallon (“Typhoid Mary”) (Science Diction podcast):

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/science-diction/articles/science-diction-quarantine?utm_source=Science+Diction&utm_campaign=f669ee4b05-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_09_05_58_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_802987ac5b-f669ee4b05-54764673

Short film: 1918 influenza epidemic (Cambridge University):
Spanish Flu: a warning from history

Impacts of 1918 Pandemic on Public Health, Healthcare System Organization, Health Policies: How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Revolutionized Public Health | History

The 1918 flu pandemic and WWI: Competing memories:

Katherine Anne Porter and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic

Historical perspectives on viral vaccine development (including comparisons of influenza, zika, ebola, etc) How to Stop a Lethal Virus | Science

What Can Images of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Teach Us About COVID-19?

Images from the National Archives Catalog show striking parallels to today’s crisis, from masks to emergency hospitals.

https://hyperallergic.com/552295/1918-influenza-pandemic-covid-19/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=D040820&utm_content=D040820+CID_770d615555bdab36172560f7bad8ec8e&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter&utm_term=What%20Can%20Images%20of%20the%201918%20Influenza%20Pandemic%20Teach%20Us%20About%20COVID-19

Mary Mallon (“Typhoid Mary”) revisited

Awful Moments In Quarantine History: Remember Typhoid Mary?

How Infectious Disease Defined the American Bathroom:

The War Against Coronavirus Comes to the Bathroom

HIV, SARS-CoV-2 and San Francisco: Two epidemics: https://www.sfchronicle.com/health/article/How-San-Francisco-s-battle-with-HIV-AIDS-shaped-15179365.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headlines&utm_campaign=sfc_morningfix&sid=53bb17669dbcd4560200028a

First deaths from Covid-19 in the US:

The first 1,000: Who the U.S.’s first victims were and what we’ve learned

Challenges facing journalists as they recognize they are writing a rough draft of history:

https://theconversation.com/journalists-are-recognizing-theyre-writing-a-rough-draft-of-history-and-cant-say-definitively-thats-the-way-it-is-135875?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2014%202020%20-%201593215257&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2014%202020%20-%201593215257+Version+A+CID_e3bdee1a91f54bfced32288468a1a18c&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Writing%20the%20rough%20draft%20of%20coronavirus%20history

Literature 

NYReview of Books Pandemic journal: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/04/06/pandemic-journal-april-6-12/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Publishers%20Letter%2047&utm_content=Publishers%20Letter%2047+CID_2a3692d1ede5dc3ac9a912033cf5d6ee&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_term=Pandemic%20Journal

The role of the humanities (Netscape: “Yes, There Is a Role for Poetry and Fiction in a Pandemic” Robert Harrington and Abraham Verghese): https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/927624#vp_1

Writers (Atwood and St. John) who described pandemics in fiction:

Culture – The plague writers who predicted today

The Exquisite Pain of Reading in Quarantine:

Quarantine Book Clubs Reminded Me to Read

Poetry

Isolation and Stress

Isolation and stress: How will humans, by nature social animals, fare when isolated?

Psychology: An astronaut’s guide to surviving isolation

An astronaut’s guide to surviving isolation

Psychology: Astronaut, antarctic explorers and climbers on isolation

Living an isolated life: Astronauts, Antarctic doctors and climbers share their advice

This American Life Podcast, Episode 698, The Test: Act 1: The Inside Game The Test

“Welcome to Seclusion” by Sergio Benvenuto Published in Italian on Antinomie:

https://antinomie.it/index.php/2020/03/05/benvenuto-in-clausura/)

Navigating relationships in isolation:

How to maintain relationships in self-isolation

Social Issues/Impact

Psychological tips for maintaining social relationships during lockdown:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2240487-psychology-tips-for-maintaining-social-relationships-during-lockdown/?utm_source=NSDAY&utm_campaign=adbf6d03c7-NSDAY_150420&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1254aaab7a-adbf6d03c7-373962775#

Hidden suffering of coronavirus: Stigma, blaming, shaming:

 Hidden suffering of coronavirus: Stigma, blaming, shaming

The Dangerous History of Immunoprivilege

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/12/opinion/coronavirus-immunity-passports.html?algo=identity&fellback=false&imp_id=988197462&action=click&module=moreIn&pgtype=Article&region=Footer

Fear among the disabled:

People With Disabilities Worry They Won’t Get Treatment

Changing conceptions of disability and the pandemic:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterslatin/2020/04/07/pandemic-is-a-disability-for-all/#6e7dd73c240d

Evolving social mores: what to do when someone violates social distancing:

Standing Too Close. Not Covering Coughs. If Someone Is Violating Social Distancing Rules, What Do You Do?

German zoo may have to feed animals to each otherHow do morgues and pathologists handle the surge in dead bodies:

https://theconversation.com/overloaded-morgues-mass-graves-and-infectious-remains-how-forensic-pathologists-handle-the-coronavirus-dead-135275?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly%20science%20and%20research%20newsletter%2041520&utm_content=Weekly%20science%20and%20research%20newsletter%2041520+CID_0630bc5dcded75675053bced5ffe6a76&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Overloaded%20morgues%20mass%20graves%20and%20infectious%20remains%20How%20forensic%20pathologists%20handle%20the%20coronavirus%20dead

Health Care Inequity in COVID-19 infection and mortality

Higher death rate from Covid-19 in African Americans:

 ‘It’s a racial justice issue’: Black Americans are dying in greater numbers from Covid-19

and The Pandemic Will Cleave America in Two

Social inequity and the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S.:

https://slate.com/technology/2020/04/coronavirus-covid19-black-americans-impact.html

and

‘It’s a racial justice issue’: Black Americans are dying in greater numbers from Covid-19

and

Racial Bias Showing Up In Coronavirus Testing And Treatment : Shots – Health News

and

https://theconversation.com/covid-19-is-hitting-black-and-poor-communities-the-hardest-underscoring-fault-lines-in-access-and-care-for-those-on-margins-135615?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%209%202020%20-%201589015218&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%209%202020%20-%201589015218+Version+A+CID_38b90393eca1eaec6b97525ff22c2a30&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=COVID-19%20is%20hitting%20black%20and%20poor%20communities%20the%20hardest%20underscoring%20fault%20lines%20in%20access%20and%20care%20for%20those%20on%20margins

and:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisafitzpatrick/2020/04/08/coronavirus-has-exposed-the-world-to-health-disparities-in-black-america-so-what-now/#63c15b3621ca

Racism, poverty and the high incidence of Covid-19 in Detroit:

How racism and poverty made Detroit a new coronavirus hot spot

Covid-19 and the state of health care in the US:

Coronavirus is revealing how broken America’s economy really is

Pollution drops during lockdown:

‘It’s positively alpine!’: Disbelief in big cities as air pollution falls

The Geography of Coronavirus:

What We Know About Density and Covid-19’s Spread

A lot of people don’t know they should stay home:

https://www.wired.com/story/a-lot-of-people-dont-even-know-they-should-stay-home/?bxid=5c5b21f92ddf9c2e3579c781&cndid=17027253&esrc=AUTO_PRINT&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_041220&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=list2_p2

Technology will save us. Or will it?

Analysis | The Technology 202: There are a lot of questions about Google and Apple’s big coronavirus effort

When will the economy turn around? The coronavirus recession, explained.

Privacy and surveillance:

https://theconversation.com/digital-surveillance-can-help-bring-the-coronavirus-pandemic-under-control-but-also-threatens-privacy-135151?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly%20science%20and%20research%20newsletter%2041520&utm_content=Weekly%20science%20and%20research%20newsletter%2041520+CID_0630bc5dcded75675053bced5ffe6a76&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Digital%20surveillance%20can%20help%20bring%20the%20coronavirus%20pandemic%20under%20control%20%20but%20also%20threatens%20privacy

Mental Health Impact

Lockdowns, stress and domestic violence:

Global Lockdowns Resulting In ‘Horrifying Surge’ In Domestic Violence, U.N. Warns

Pandemics and serious mental illness:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2764227?utm_campaign=articlePDF%26utm_medium%3darticlePDFlink%26utm_source%3darticlePDF%26utm_content%3djamapsychiatry.2020.0894

The Arts

Picturing Disease:

Little Demons, Death And Biting Dogs: How We Picture Disease

Photography and the epidemic:

20 photographs of the week | Art and design

How do you make the case for art and artists during the pandemic?

In a Pandemic, How Do You Make the Case for an Art Emergency?

Covid-19: Street artists take on the pandemic:

Street Artists Take On Coronavirus Pandemic With Powerful, Poignant And Witty Pieces

More work from street artists:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/apr/06/coronavirus-street-art-in-pictures?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0FydFdlZWtseS0yMDA0MTA%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=ArtWeekly&CMP=artweekly_email

New Yorker cover: “After the shift”

Owen Smith’s “After the Shift”

Video: Ohio PSA about the effects of social distancing and flattening the curve:

https://digg.com/video/a-brilliantly-simple-psa-about-social-distancing-from-the-state-of-ohio

And how they filmed it:

Mousetrap PSA Nails Importance Of Social Distancing In The Snappiest Way

Art from past pandemics:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/t-magazine/art-coronavirus.html

Plague in art:

Plague in Art: 10 Paintings You Should Know in the Times of Coronavirus

Art re-enactments at home:

Instagram challenge sparks hilarious submission of painting reenactments

And:     https://www.sadanduseless.com/recreated-art/

And:   People are Recreating Classic Paintings as Hilarious Photos in Quarantine

Ending lockdown in Wuhan (photos):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/apr/08/wuhan-ends-coronavirus-lockdown-in-pictures?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0Nvcm9uYXZpcnVzVGhlV2Vla0V4cGxhaW5lZC0yMDA0MTA%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=CoronavirusTheWeekExplained&CMP=coronavirusweek_email

Lessons from Ebola: Health care providers pin photos of their face to their gown to connect with their patients:

A Photo Project Helps Mitigate Patient Loneliness During COVID-19 Pandemic

Children’s books, re-imagined:

‘Gruffalo stayed in the cave’: Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson’s coronavirus cartoons

Why the Covid-19 epidemic is so hard to model, explained in comics:

A Comic Strip Tour Of The Wild World Of Pandemic Modeling

Politics and Public Health

2017 piece wondering if America was ready for a pandemic:

Is America Ready for a Global Pandemic?

And it turns out we weren’t–a public health lesson for future generations:

Trump ignored coronavirus warnings from experts for months

More on the public health failure to contain SARS-CoV-2 during early 2020:

He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus

The role of political leadership:

https://theconversation.com/three-reasons-why-jacinda-arderns-coronavirus-response-has-been-a-masterclass-in-crisis-leadership-135541?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2014%202020%20-%201593215257&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2014%202020%20-%201593215257+Version+A+CID_e3bdee1a91f54bfced32288468a1a18c&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Three%20reasons%20why%20Jacinda%20Arderns%20coronavirus%20response%20has%20been%20a%20masterclass%20in%20crisis%20leadership

Reflections

New York Review of Books Pandemic Journal: Pandemic Journal, March 23–29

Leslie Jamison on single parenting during the pandemic: ‘Since I Became Symptomatic’

Breaking up in a pandemic:

Getting Dumped During A Pandemic

Of dogs and people in the pandemic

Of dogs and their humans: Late life in a more-than-human world of the COVID-19 pandemic

Stephen King on why he’s sorry that you feel like you’re stuck in one of his horror novels:

Stephen King Is Sorry You Feel Like You’re Stuck In A Stephen King Novel

Tom Perrotta (author of The Leftovers) on epidemics, religion and meaning: Tom Perrotta on ‘The Leftovers’ and how we behave in times of fear and loss

Short video: A brief meditation on humanity, the environment, and the pandemic: https://youtu.be/f5on3AZWdik

The Wolves of Stanislav: An Improbably True Parable for the Pandemic Age by Paul Auster https://lithub.com/the-wolves-of-stanislav-an-improbably-true-parable-for-the-pandemic-age/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

The Nocturnists podcast:

‎The Nocturnists on Apple Podcasts

Video diary of a NYC EM physician:

Inside a New York ER where the hallways are filled with covid-19 patients | Voices from the Pandemic

Hospital Chaplains During the Coronavirus Pandemic:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/on-religion/the-plight-of-a-hospital-chaplain?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Daily_031420&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=5be9d5a02ddf9c72dc1f3e5f&cndid=26443064&hasha=b099feec2a05003cc974d6936bfcc075&hashb=dbbe74a73e95fa88bee845e745ec3c72def430f5&hashc=ba7dac7b4e2f383f847685ec757cc1902b33d20f4cd7ca58f07a930015b05dcd&esrc=&utm_term=TNY_Daily

Here in spirit: oral history of faith amid a pandemic:

https://www.wired.com/story/here-in-spirit-oral-history-of-faith-amid-pandemic/?bxid=5c5b21f92ddf9c2e3579c781&cndid=17027253&esrc=&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_BACKCHANNEL_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_mailing=WIR_Backchannel_041220_TopClickers&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=WIR_TopClickers_EXCLUDE_Backchannel

Adapting to the new normal:

https://elladawson.com/2020/03/22/these-are-not-conditions-in-which-to-thrive/?mc_cid=ffdfbc31bc&mc_eid=7b1a58b0d5

The Road” Wakley Prize winner (Lancet): https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(05)67892-0/fulltext

Parts of Idaho experienced an early surge in cases:

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/coronavirus-covid-19-idaho-blaine-county-sun-valley?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WYM-04132020-DYNAMIC-A&utm_term=what_you_missed_A

Ethics and Professional Identity

NY Magazine on ethical choices with COVID-19 patients and possible PTSD in health care providers (moral distress): ACA Architect Ezekiel Emanuel on Coronavirus Triage Ethics

“Making the Call” Podcast with Zeke Emmanuel and Jonathan Moreno on COVID-19 and ethics: ‎Making the Call on Apple Podcasts

When your spouse works in the ED: open.https://slate.com/human-interest/2020/04/coronavirus-emergency-room-doctors-nurses-spouses-conversation.html?sid=5388f4efdd52b8e411013658&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=TheSlatest&utm_campaign=traffic

Emergency room physician loses  custody of her four year old due to Covid fears:

An ER doctor loses custody of daughter because of coronavirus fears

Professional identity: dealing with work/home balance (graphic art)

The bittersweet wait for coronavirus to bring its death and suffering

Malm, Heidi, Thomas May, Leslie P. Francis, Saad B. Omer, Daniel A. Salmon & Robert Hood.  “Ethics, Pandemics, and the Duty to Treat, The American Journal of Bioethics (2008), 8:8, 4-19, DOI: 10.1080/15265160802317974 Full text available via Taylor and Francis Online.

Should medical students continue their training during the epidemic?

Should Medical Students Continue Clinical Rotations During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

And a rejoinder:

Medical Ethics in the Time of COVID-19: A Call for Critical Reflection

Ethics, Covid-19, and moral injury:

Doctors are making life-and-death choices over coronavirus patients – it could have long-term consequences for them

Psychology, Coping, Vulnerability and Risk

Coping with the stress of the pandemic:

https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/85660?xid=nl_popmed_2020-04-16&eun=g327489d0r&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CoronaBreak_041620&utm_term=NL_Daily_Breaking_News_Active

Medical anthropologist on why we wear masks:

Opinion | The Social Life of Coronavirus Masks

Counterphobic reactions to danger (an ironic face mask design comment):

Using an ‘Alien’ Facehugger As a Protective Face Mask

Why do so many people believe in SARS-CoV-2 conspiracy theories?

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/world/europe/coronavirus-conspiracy-theories.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage&fbclid=IwAR1HCp7zVpQwNFtCmPwBMfSYY5vaEXJ6CbbqgJDl_OwWHtRlaAFKAoQdNOY

5G Conspiracy Theories: Pressure of a pandemic brings old fears of new wireless tech into the

Celebs share rumors linking 5G to coronavirus, nutjobs burn cell towers

The illusion of perfect protection:

https://www.wired.com/story/bulletproof-vest-illusion-of-perfect-protection/?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=wired&utm_mailing=WIR_Backchannel_041220_TopClickers&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=5c5b21f92ddf9c2e3579c781&cndid=17027253&esrc=&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_BACKCHANNEL_ZZ&utm_term=WIR_TopClickers_EXCLUDE_Backchannel

Math and appreciating risk:

https://theconversation.com/math-misconceptions-may-lead-people-to-underestimate-the-true-threat-of-covid-19-134520?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2010%202020%20-%201591115235&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20April%2010%202020%20-%201591115235+Version+A+CID_067172bb28572d35d3f56edcd17df24f&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Math%20misconceptions%20may%20lead%20people%20to%20underestimate%20the%20true%20threat%20of%20COVID-19

What numbers can we trust, and which should ignore?

Coronavirus statistics: what can we trust and what should we ignore?

Protecting yourself from disinformation:

https://theconversation.com/4-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-disinformation-130767

The rise of false hopes and hydroxychloroquine:

Analysis | How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

Looking Ahead

How Covid-19 is remaking social relationships, ethics and history:

Coronavirus: How COVID-19 is changing the world – Monash Lens

Who Will We Be This Time Next Year? On Pandemic Times and the Life to Come

André Aciman: Who Will We Be This Time Next Year?

What if Covid-19 Returns Every Year, Like the Common Cold?

https://www.wired.com/story/what-if-covid-19-returns-every-year-like-the-common-cold/?bxid=5c5b21f92ddf9c2e3579c781&cndid=17027253&esrc=AUTO_PRINT&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_041520&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=list1_p4

How will the Covid-19 epidemic end?

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-end/608719/

The difficulty of modeling the epidemic:

Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model

More about forecasting the end of the pandemic:

Our Pandemic Summer

Pandemic offers a chance to remake cities:

https://www.wired.com/story/pandemic-opportunity-remake-cities/?bxid=5c5b21f92ddf9c2e3579c781&cndid=17027253&esrc=AUTO_PRINT&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_041320&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=list1_p4

(Economics) Where we could go from here?:

Pandemic Response Requires Post-Growth Economic Thinking

Humor

The FIRST lines of 10 classic novels, rewritten for social distancing:

The first lines of 10 classic novels, rewritten for social distancing.

The LAST lines of 10 classic novels, rewritten for social distancing:

Okay, now the LAST lines of 10 classic novels, rewritten for social distancing.

Film in the age of COVID-19:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2020/mar/24/from-fight-club-to-brief-encounter-how-self-isolation-would-change-classic-films?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0ZpbG1Ub2RheS0yMDAzMjQ%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=FilmToday&CMP=filmtoday_email

Nature is healing/We are the virus meme:

The Coronavirus “Nature Is Healing” Meme’s Backstory

Links to Other Syllabi

Northeastern University Coronavirus Humanities Reader:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UeAN5jhSib-CsP17keNC6c3iMF7PgE3KDDDBy24w0xY/edit?usp=sharing

A crowdsourced cross-disciplinary resource:

#coronavirussyllabus

*Adapting ANTH101 Challenges for Covid-19 (Cultural Anthropology for Everyone). Michael Wesch (2008 U.S. Professor of Year), University of Kansas State, USA

*Archaeology of Epidemics Syllabus, University of Washington

*Assignment: A Day in the Life of a Pandemic: COVID-19 Assignment, Natalia Molina, University of Southern California.

*Bibliography: Coronaviruses • SARS • MERS • COVID-19

*Care in Uncertain Times Syllabus, Limited Open-Access Books from Duke University Press.

*#coronavirussyllabusk12 (K-12 Teaching Resources)

*Coronavirus Tech Handbook

*Disability Justice Framework COVID-19 Resources

*Economic History Review Limited Open-Access articles on Epidemics, Disease and Mortality in Economic History

*Ethics Resources on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Hastings Center.

*Feminist Resources on the Pandemic, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (UK)

*Humanities Coronavirus Syllabus

*Lessons from Ebola: Preventing the Next Pandemic (free online course from Harvard via edX)

*NBER Collection on Economic and Other Consequences of Previous Epidemics, National Bureau of Economic Research.

*Politics of Plague Course Syllabus, Patricia Stapelton, Social Science and Policy Studies Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

*Public Collection of COVID-19 Citations, Yale University Medical Library

*Queering the Pandemic Syllabus

*Teaching Coronavirus—Sociological Syllabus Project

*Teaching COVID-19: A Collaborative Anthropology Syllabus Project, Teaching and Learning Anthropology Journal.

*The Black Death: Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World

*The Emergence of Global Health

COVID AND THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES-MAKING MEANING

Please share a wonderful resource found at this link:

Open source #Coronavirus syllabus

It’s curated beautifully and broken down as follows :

“Teach the virus,” Anne Fausto-Sterling

Table of Contents 

Articles and Books               1

Symposia 12

Podcasts and Radio 12 

Film 13

Visual Arts 14

Music 14

Literature 15

Archives and Databases 16

Syllabi and Other Resources 16

Lectures and Fora 18

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

Poetry and Healing APRIL 2020 – Listen to these broadcasts from the LCP/Sick Kids

Poetry and Healing – log in here for weekly broadcasts :

http://poets.ca/poetry-and-healing/

Poetry throughout the ages has been prophetic, beautiful as well as healing. With the outbreak of COVID-19, we feel it is best to postpone the Poetry and Healing event for the safety of those involved, and those on the frontlines. But, we want to continue to support SickKids, and bring together the poetry community for good during these difficult times.

Throughout the month of April, join Kate Marshall Flaherty, Al Moritz (Poet Laureate of Toronto), Luciano Iacobelli, Lois Lorimer, Daniel David Moses, Ronna Bloom, Rajinderpal S. Pal, Catherine Graham, Dr. Conor Mc Donnell, Jacob Shier, Ayesha Chatterjee, Corrado Paina and Grace Ma in celebrating the healing power of poetry.

Support poetry and SickKids Hospital from your home.

The League is also looking for donations to SickKids as a part of this event fundraiser, and especially in these difficult times of outbreak and isolation.

Donate to SickKids here

Poets will be sharing recordings of their poetry throughout April, and within it, the healing journey of writing, or reading, or sharing, poetry. With Poetry & Healing, we all can explore the indigenous concept of “medicine,” the healing power of words, and the transformative and inspiring power of poetry.

Follow this page as well as the League on Facebook for memorable poetry for a wonderful cause — all April long!

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

JHI Program for the Arts 2020-2021 FUNDING Deadline Extended

FROM THE JACKMAN HUMANITIES INSTITUTE

Dear Colleagues:
The deadline for applications for funding in 2020-2021 for the JHI Program for the Arts is now extended to 15 April 2020 at midnight. A couple of provisions have also been adjusted to make it possible to fund online events and to encourage applicants to consider contingency plans for their events, should regular operations not be feasible when the time comes.
Applications are welcome from all continuing teaching and research members of the faculty.
Could you please share the revised Call for Applications (attached, and copied in below this message) with your mailing list to faculty members?
Sincerely,
Kim

—–
Dr. Kimberley Yates, Associate Director
Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, Room 1029
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
—————————————————————–

 Call for Proposals — REVISED

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts, 2020-2021

 Deadline for applications: EXTENDED TO 15 APRIL 

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts supports a range of events from small (up to $3000) to larger (up to $10,000) designed to enhance, improve and raise the profile of the Arts at the University. Activities may include visitors, lecture series, symposia, exhibitions, performances, or other imaginative and arts initiatives, which will serve to foster the work of the Jackman Humanities Institute and to represent the leading scholarship of the humanities at the University of Toronto. Each year there will be a priority for at least one event that engages the wider public. The Program gives priority to activities that range across multiple units and across more than one campus. It does not support activities that are routine matters of the sort that individual academic units would normally fund (e.g. departmental colloquia, learned society meetings, etc.). The Program also prefers activities that are related to the 2020-2021 theme—Collectives—but will consider proposals with other foci. Applications will be evaluated for conceptual fit, methodology, and research outputs.  

Proposals that include contingency plans for remote access, or are designed to run via remote access will be given priority. 

2020 – 2021: Collectives

From political parties to literary coteries, from fan groups to sports teams, from terrorist organizations to online groups, our collectives, associations, and communities are multiform and complex. How do we band together and why? In teaming up, how does membership of a collective affect one’s own agency and standing – what do we lose, what do we gain? Can collectives truly be agents and how do group dynamics emerge? How do we balance the interests between collectives, of individuals and collectives, and of the individual within the collective?

 Applications are invited from appointed members of the continuing research and teaching faculty at the University of Toronto.  To apply:

1.     You must have an active userID account on the JHI website

https://humanities.utoronto.ca

2.     Complete the online application form at
https://humanities.utoronto.ca/funding/20-21_Program_for_the_Arts

3.     Upload a description and rationale including fit with 2020-2021 annual theme of Collectives

(500 words—FIRM limit on length)

4.     Upload a proposed budget outline showing all known sources of support 

To clarify some of the preferences of the Program the following guidelines will normally apply:

1.     Funding will be awarded from $1,000-$3,000 (small), $3,000-$5,000 (medium) or up to $10,000 (large). Projects with a total budget (including all sources) over $30,000 will not be supported.

2.     Interdisciplinary activities that reach across units, and across campuses are given priority.

3.     Subventions for academic publishing will not be considered at this time; exhibition catalogues that are part of a larger academic event are the only publication that will be considered for funding.

4.     Significant costs (over $3,000) for performers will not be funded.

 

5.     Events of an annual or continual nature that have previously been funded through the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts are normally eligible for one repeat year of funding; this need not be sequential.

6.     The JHI provides basic publicity package (in-house colour flyer on request, website event posting, JHI social media and newsletter, email announcement to departments and relevant EDU’s), and will make available the first-floor multipurpose room (seats 100) and tenth-floor meeting room (seats 25; weekdays 9-4 only) to all funded events.

7.     Costs for publicity and space rental will not normally be accepted as fundable budget items. A/V recordings of events funded by the Program for the Arts should be included as a regularly budgeted item in the budget proposal with an explanation of the research or pedagogical need for the recording included in the Description and Rationale document. The responsibility for arranging recordings will lie with the event organizer.

8.     Due to COVID-19 precautions, for 2020-2021, proposals that include either a contingency plan for remote access, or are designed to run via remote access, will be given priority. 

Questions?

For clarifications about this program, please contact JHI Director Professor Alison Keith at

jhi.director@utoronto.ca

For website assistance, please contact JHI Associate Director Dr. Kimberley Yates at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca

 

Applications due: Wednesday 15 April 2020 at midnight

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.