Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are: A Writing Workshop for Medical Students, Doctors, Residents and Health Professionals 🗓

Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are

A Writing Workshop for Medical Students, Doctors, Residents and Health Professionals

Often in work, and in life, energy moves towards projects and people but there’s little left for your own restoration, especially for those working in health care. In this workshop, through the use of poems and prompts, you will be nudged into writing and reflecting on what sustains you, what you love and what you need. Take this time for yourself as a flicker of possibility of how you might take time for yourself in general.

No experience necessary. Please have a pen and paper, a notebook or whatever you like to write with on hand.

Date and Time:

March 31, 2021


You will receive a link when you register


— Learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on one’s work, relationships, and life

— Engage directly with poetry as a tool for expressing challenges and discovering resources

— Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care

Workshop leader:

Ronna Bloom is a poet and teacher. 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. She has collaborated with health care professionals, filmmakers, academics, students, spiritual leaders, and architects. A frequent guest in the faculties of Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, as well at teaching hospitals, she brings 25 years of psychotherapy practice to her work as a poet and facilitator.

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 and fundraisers in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronna

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

UTMJ Vol98 Issue I: COVID-19

The University of Toronto Medical Journal (UTMJ)

New Issue: Vol. 98 No. 1 (2021): COVID-19

The University of Toronto Medical Journal (UTMJ) is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 98, Issue 1 on COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of millions around the world. In this issue, UTMJ invited national and international leaders to reflect on on-going challenges and lessons learned during the world’s response and journey during this pandemic. UTMJ also had the privilege to interview a number of highly respected leaders in the fields of healthcare advocacy, preventative medicine, and education.

In this issue, we have highlighted our 3 award winning articles, alongside a special selection of our commentaries and interviews. We hope you take away from this issue new knowledge of and insights on the COVID-19 pandemic. [Read the full issue here!]


To learn more about UTMJ, please visit

Reading The Plague Part Three – January 10 🗓

Reading The Plague Part Three – Next Session this Sunday January 10 at 4pm

Dear all,
The Plague Plays  Reading Group resumes this Sunday.
I’m looking forward to our exploration of Parts 3 & 4 of the Plague!
Please don’t worry if you aren’t able to complete the assigned reading as we will read the script version together for part of the time and this provides rich material for discussion whether you’ve read the novel sections or not.
I’ve attached a LRB review of the Plague and its contemporary significance. [Jacqueline Rose · Pointing the Finger_ ‘The Plague’ · LRB 7 May 2020]
We’ve delved into the characters of Tarrou and Rieux in previous discussions. This week I would love to focus on an often neglected character – Cottard – the ‘criminal’. Cottard is described as a man who eschews all responsibility to fight the plague. Tarrou goes so far as to call him an “accomplice” of the plague.
Considering the plague literally, or as a metaphor as Camus described it, for fascism, what do you think of the way in which Cottard profits from the plague, seems at ease within it.
I think it may also be interesting to consider the regime of rules that arise to combat the plague and our own relationships of cooperation, conformity, and both the rules and the plague.
Looking forward to connecting on Sunday over Camus.
Suvendrini Lena
Zoom Link
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
1. Camus, The Plague. Stuart Gilbert Trans. Vintage International Edition.  
2. Neil Bartlett, The Plague adaptation for the stage. Oberon Books London 2017 (email Dr Lena for a copy)
You should obtain your own copy of Camus’s The Plague. I will distribute the script for reading together prior to the first session.
Suggested Pre-reading:
Nov 29 – Part 1 pp 1-65
Dec 13 – Part 2 pp 65-165
Jan 10 – Part 3 & 4 pp 165-267
Jan 24 – Part 5 pp 267-308
If you have any questions please email to me at
Suvendrini Lena MD MPH,FRCPC, CSCN (EEG).
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry University of Toronto
Staff Neurologist Geriatric Mental Health Program
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
1001 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1H4
416-535-8501 x 3656