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

CFD Narrative Medicine Course-some spots remain

REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON!

Narrative Medicine: Reading, Writing, and Reflecting in Clinical Practice, Teaching, and Self-Care – open for registration!

NarrMed_Prog

Narrative medicine, both in medical practice and education, is practiced with a focus on the skills of communication and collaboration which are essential to positive health outcomes. Learning how to write and reflect more expertly gives practitioners a powerful skill with which to build therapeutic and collegial relationships, improve patient outcomes, and live and work in a more reflective and engaged way. This program is designed for healthcare practitioners looking to inform their professional practice with narrative approaches to health and medicine, and those seeking to explore creative and reflective writing for their own sake.

This program will introduce the theory and practice of Narrative Medicine through a variety of practical activities and discussion. Participants will be guided through in-class exercises in close reading, close listening, and creative and reflective writing.

This new program consists of seven 2.5-hour sessions and will require in-between-session homework and reading.

Registration is now open! There is an associated registration fee of $700. A maximum of 17 participants will be accepted into the program on a first come-first serve basis.

Download: [Narrative Medicine program info – Spring 2020]

Please register at https://cfd.utoronto.ca/fostering/details/6 or email Farah.Friesen@unityhealth.to for more information

Narrative Rounds June 5th and the Narrative Atelier – June 5-8, 2020

  1. Please hold the date for our joint DFCM – 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.

  2. The NARRATIVE ATELIER (June 5-8, 2020) will incorporate these Rounds and a workshop by Eli Clare.

    NOTE: This event has been Postponed.

    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

NEW NARRATIVE MEDICINE WRITING WORKSHOP/WRITING COMMUNITY

A Rooster for Asclepius: The Toronto Health Humanities Writing Group*

A new monthly health humanities workshop, focused on improving narrative medicine skills through creative and reflective writing, close reading of health-related writing, sharing and reflection on participant work, and ongoing discussion of the goals and methods of narrative-based medicine.

Physicians and health practitioners from other clinical fields interested in collaborating to deepen their involvement in health humanities are encouraged to apply to join this new group. Space permitting, scholars, practitioners and theorists from arts and  humanities  disciplines with an interest in the culture of medicine and healthcare,  are also invited to apply.

Typical workshop sessions will include some combination of: in-class writing exercises; discussion of a published health-related piece (short story, personal essay, etc.); discussion of theory and practice of narrative medicine as related and experienced by participants; sharing of written work by participants with guided feedback on same; visits by guest speakers working in other artistic genres and cognate fields. There will also be ongoing discussion of and collaboration on related opportunities and events in the health humanities.

This is a workshop rather than a class—an ongoing collaborative effort—and one of the principal aims is to foster a creative and supportive narrative community in the GTA.

Between sessions, reading, writing and discussion will continue via an online forum/discussion board.

Space is limited, so please make sure you can commit to this writing group. Refunds will not be issued.

Time and Location: 

Workshop sessions will be 3 hours in length, held in the evening.

Meetings will take place on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May.

Fee:

$200 (membership fee for one academic year). Some spaces for residents and doctoral students will be made available free of charge.

 

Facilitator details:

Damian Tarnopolsky has taught courses in Narrative Medicine at the Centre for Faculty Development at St. Michael’s Hospital for several years, and led writing and reflection workshops for medical students and residents as the Barbara Moon Fellow at Massey College from 2016-19. His books, Goya’s Dog and Lanzmann and Stories, have been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the ReLit Award, among others, and his play The Defence won the 2019 Voaden Prize. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has taught at Humber College and the School of Continuing Studies, where he was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching award. He works at Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial services company in Toronto.

 

How to apply:

Choose a health-related subject and write a 500-1000 word short story, personal essay,  poem/poems, dramatic scene, graphic medicine comic, or a piece in another genre of your choice.  Send your submission as a PDF or Word document to Damian Tarnopolsky at aroosterforasclepius@gmail.com  You will receive a response shortly thereafter.

 

*About the name of our writing group:

“Crito, we owe a rooster to Asclepius – pay it. Don’t forget.” – Plato, Phaedo, 118

As he went to face his death after being condemned by the Athenians, Socrates enjoined his friends to make a sacrifice to Asclepius, god of healing. It’s likely that with his last words he meant to say that he was grateful to be cured of the disease of life, and to pass into a realm of truth. It’s possible, however, that he was speaking ironically.

Narrative Rounds and Narrative Atelier June 2020

Narrative Rounds June 5th and the Narrative Atelier-June 5-8, 2020

NOTE: This event has been Postponed.

Please hold the date for our joint DFCM -Department of Psychiatry – Health and Humanities NARRATIVE GRAND ROUNDS –  “Stories Turned into Case Studies and Case Files”

June 5, 1045 am-noon, followed  by a book signing

18th Floor Auditorium, Mount Sinai Hospital 600 University Ave

Our speaker is social and disability activist,  ELI CLARE

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.

The NARRATIVE ATELIER (June 5-8,2020)  will incorporate these Rounds and a workshop by Eli Clare.

This 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

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/

 

To receive the finalized Atelier Program and to Register-please write to :

mspi.msh@sinaihealthsystem.ca

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,

Resident Writing Group – Next Meeting Nov 19

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!

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.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30p.m. at the By the Way Café (400 Bloor St W).

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

Palette Magazine : Call for Submissions for UofT Med Student Magazine

Palette Magazine, your local source for arts and culture from our U of T Med community, is back and better than ever!
This year, there are even more opportunities to share your creative talents, as we are expanding to release not one but two issues! We are happy to announce that submissions are now open for our first issue, which will be printed and released in January 2020.
We’re looking to include all kinds of self-expression in our next issue, including visual arts, creative writing, performance arts, lifestyle design, and almost anything else you can think of!
If you are interested in having your creative work included in our next issue, send your submissions to palette.utoronto@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is November 13th, 2019 @11:59 pm. See below for our submission guidelines and Issue 1!

Ars Medica New Issue Published

Dear Readers:

Ars Medica has just published its latest issue at
https://ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our website to review articles and items of interest.

Thank you for the continuing interest in Ars Medica’s work.

Ars Medica
Vol 14, No 2 (2019)
Table of Contents
https://ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal/issue/view/33

Guest Editorial
——–
Being Seen, Being Heard: Health, Arts, and the Unspeakable in Lived
Experience
        Suze Berkhout,  Eva-Marie Stern

Feature Pieces
——–
Prose in Views
        Moncef Mounir
Prose Chaos to Oneness
        Sara Traore
(Unnamed)
        katelynn valenzuela

Prose
——–
Have You Heard of MS?
        Krystin Kantenwein
Making Plans
        Gabriella Savarese

Poetry
——–
Like the Ancient Magicians
        Kay Cosgrove
for Galen
        Adriano Mollica
My Cross-Legged Monk
        Jane Schapiro
Parkinson’s/What I Miss Most About Dying/These Final Things
        Brian Volck
Come Down / When I Wake Up
        Amy Conwell
Doesn’t Work Like It Used to
        Casey Aimer
Blacksnake
        Sophia Wilson

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Journal Contact Information

Marilyn Bittman
Managing Editor, Ars Medica
c/o Simon Fraser University, CCSP Press Journals
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 5K3
778-782-5198

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Narrative Medicine program for faculty – Registration Open

The Centre for Faculty Development (CFD), the University of Toronto Postgraduate Medical Education, and Program in Health, Arts and Humanities (HAH) are excited to announce the Fall 2019 offering of the program, Narrative Medicine: Reading, Writing, and Reflecting in Clinical Practice, Teaching, and Self-Care.

For detailed information and to register, please visit: https://cfd.utoronto.ca/fostering/details/5

Registration is open until September 16, 2019.

Narrative medicine, both in medical practice and education, is practiced with a focus on the skills of communication and collaboration which are essential to positive health outcomes. Learning how to write and reflect more expertly gives practitioners a powerful skill with which to build therapeutic and collegial relationships, improve patient outcomes, and live and work in a more reflective and engaged way. This program is designed for healthcare practitioners looking to inform their professional practice with narrative approaches to health and medicine, and those seeking to explore creative and reflective writing for their own sake. Guest speakers will offer theoretical, practical and creative perspectives on additional genres, such as poetry and non-fiction.

This new program consists of seven 2.5-hour sessions and will require in-between-session homework and reading.

Registration is now open. There is an associated registration fee of $700. A maximum of 17 participants will be accepted into the program on a first come-first serve basis. The program will run if a minimum of 10 participants is met.

Please let us know if any additional information is needed and please feel free to spread the word widely.

With many thanks,

Farah

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
FriesenF@smh.ca

New Narrative Medicine Writing Workshop – Apply Now!

The Program In Health, Arts and Humanities and The Office of  Post-MD Education are pleased to announce:

A Rooster for Asclepius: The Toronto Health Humanities Writing Group*

A new monthly health humanities workshop, focused on improving narrative medicine skills through creative and reflective writing, close reading of health-related writing, sharing and reflection on participant work, and ongoing discussion of the goals and methods of narrative-based medicine.

Physicians and health practitioners from other clinical fields interested in collaborating to deepen their involvement in health humanities are encouraged to apply to join this new group. Space permitting, scholars, practitioners and theorists from arts and  humanities  disciplines with an interest in the culture of medicine and healthcare,  are also invited to apply.

Typical workshop sessions will include some combination of: in-class writing exercises; discussion of a published health-related piece (short story, personal essay, etc.); discussion of theory and practice of narrative medicine as related and experienced by participants; sharing of written work by participants with guided feedback on same; visits by guest speakers working in other artistic genres and cognate fields. There will also be ongoing discussion of and collaboration on related opportunities and events in the health humanities.

This is a workshop rather than a class—an ongoing collaborative effort—and one of the principal aims is to foster a creative and supportive narrative community in the GTA.

Between sessions, reading, writing and discussion will continue via an online forum/discussion board.

Space is limited, so please make sure you can commit to this writing group. Refunds will not be issued.

Time and Location: 

Workshop sessions will be 3 hours in length, held in the evening.

Meetings will take place on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May.

First session: Wednesday September 18, 2019.   Downtown location to be confirmed.

 

Fee:

$200 (membership fee for one academic year). Some spaces for residents and doctoral students will be made available free of charge.

 

Facilitator details:

Damian Tarnopolsky has taught courses in Narrative Medicine at the Centre for Faculty Development at St. Michael’s Hospital for several years, and led writing and reflection workshops for medical students and residents as the Barbara Moon Fellow at Massey College from 2016-19. His books, Goya’s Dog and Lanzmann and Stories, have been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the ReLit Award, among others, and his play The Defence won the 2019 Voaden Prize. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has taught at Humber College and the School of Continuing Studies, where he was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching award. He works at Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial services company in Toronto.

 

How to apply:

Choose a health-related subject and write a 500-1000 word short story, personal essay,  poem/poems, dramatic scene, graphic medicine comic, or a piece in another genre of your choice.  Send your submission as a PDF or Word document to Damian Tarnopolsky at aroosterforasclepius@gmail.com by Monday September 10th, 2019. You will receive a response shortly thereafter.

*About the name of our writing group:

 “Crito, we owe a rooster to Asclepius – pay it. Don’t forget.” – Plato, Phaedo, 118

As he went to face his death after being condemned by the Athenians, Socrates enjoined his friends to make a sacrifice to Asclepius, god of healing. It’s likely that with his last words he meant to say that he was grateful to be cured of the disease of life, and to pass into a realm of truth. It’s possible, however, that he was speaking ironically.