Register Now for the Narrative-Based Medicine Certificate Program – Starting January 25, 2022!

Narrative-Based Medicine – Certificate Program
Register today to get started on January 25, 2022

Using Storytelling to Transform Healthcare

The narratives that patients and practitioners construct together can affect the nature and meaning of health events. Understanding how to listen, give voice to experience, and integrate insights gained from reflection can improve patient care and practitioner fulfillment.

You can now now register for Narrative-Based Medicine Digital Certificate Program, which starts on January 25, 2022.

This unique program offers training in narrative-based medicine skills such as close reading, reflective writing, listening and communication skills.

In 8 sessions held over 4 months, participants will:

  • Develop reflective and creative writing skills through tailored practical exercises
  • Gain one-on-one editing, guidance, and mentorship from experienced instructors
  • Discuss and develop ways to integrate narrative-based medicine techniques into daily clinical practice
  • Engage in a small group seminar format which encourages interaction, collaboration and teamwork
  • Build an interprofessional community of practice, learning and teaching in order to foster person-centered care and reflective self-care

Participants will gain abilities in reflectiveness, sensitivity to patients, teamwork and personal creativity, and heightened skills in close reading and reflective and creative writing.

See the program website for complete details and register to get started in January!

HUMANITIES FUNDING FOR PGME INITIATIVES DEADLINE OCTOBER 15TH

Dear Colleagues,

Postgraduate Medical Education continues to offer the Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant in the amount of $5,000 per project proposal, distributed on a semi-annual basis.

I am writing to announce the call for the fall 2021 submissions. The submission deadline is October 15, 2021 with grants awarded to the successful applicants in December.

The integration of humanities in medical education curricula has the potential to improve observation skills, self-reflection, and enhance learner competencies in the CanMEDS roles. Projects and proposals may reflect a variety of curricular designs which identify how medical humanities will be integrated into curricula and further enhance CanMEDS competencies.

Each proposal will require a matching funding commitment from the submitting department/division, i.e., if the project budget is $4,500 – a letter from the department chair committing to $2,250 is required. Funding will be provided for a one year period, and applicants must agree to submit a project report at end of the period.

PGME will transfer the awarded funds to the successful applicant’s Academic Department in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. Business Managers will provide Financial Information Services (FIS) account numbers to facilitate this transfer within four weeks of application approval or the funding offer will be withdrawn. The Academic Department will be responsible for the disbursement of funds to the successful applicant.

Attached is further background on the purpose of the grant as well as a template for the application. Please distribute widely.

We look forward to receiving applications for the Medical Humanities Education Grant by October 15, 2021.

Please submit your package by email to Arlene McKinley at arlene.mckinley@utoronto.ca

HEALTH HUMANITIES-IPE CERTIFICATE-Deadline Sept 30 !

The IPE Curriculum Portfolio at the Centre for Interprofessional Education and The Program In Health, Arts and Humanities  at the University of Toronto invites students to apply for the Interprofessional Health, Arts & Humanities Certificate Program.  Students wishing to engage in more specialized collaborative, experiential learning opportunities may apply to complete this Certificate Program.  This highly rated course will provide students with narrative-based skills, mindfulness training  and arts-based experiences that will support enhanced patient/client care and leadership skills. Some slots remain.

APPLY NOW  at : https://ipe.utoronto.ca/interprofessional-health-arts-humanities-certificate-program

Connections – University of Alberta

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI) at the University of Alberta

is launching the “CONNECTIONS” project: a collection of artwork and scientific images that portray the many aspects of neuroscience, brain diseases and mental health, and where art and neuroscience meet.

The NMHI invites artists, scientists, and persons with relevant lived experience to submit artwork that relates to this theme.

“Connections among brain cells make our brain work and determine who we are and how we feel and interact with the world. Connections within the brain and with the world around us can be lost or compromised in many brain diseases and mental health conditions. And, sometimes, they can be restored through empathy and care. From the neuroscientist to the patient, the carer and the clinician, NMHI believes that true and meaningful progress means everyone working together to understand, share, and empathize in order to promote connections, advance science, support each other and improve the life of those with neurological and mental health conditions.

The Connections project is an opportunity to showcase the connection between art and neuroscience as well as to support research at the NMHI. The NMHI at the University of Alberta is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching institute at the University of Alberta. It is home to over 150 scientists and clinicians dedicated to discovering how the nervous system works and the causes of neurological and mental health disorders, to develop new treatments and advance clinical care.”

Please see attached information for additional information, which includes the submission form.

Pamela Brett-MacLean, BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Pronouns: She/Her)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry &
Director, Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine
MD Program, and Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Health Sciences College
University of Alberta
1-001 Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1
Email: pbrett@ualberta.ca  | Phone: 780-492-0445 (Lisa Bussiere: MD Program/ AHHM Administrator)

Website: www.ualberta.ca/medicine/programs/ahhm/

Website: www.ualberta.ca/medicine/programs/md

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.

Attachment: CALL FOR SUBMISSION_FINAL.pdf (application/pdf)

About Empathy Podcast-University of Toronto

About Empathy is a healthCARE podcast that focuses on patient, caregiver and healthcare provider stories. The creators and hosts believe these stories of hope, struggle, love and grief can help inspire compassion and humanism. Podcast guests discuss their personal stories, while the hosts reflect and debrief on those stories to help enable and support empathic interactions in the healthcare community. About Empathy is most relevant to healthcare providers, patients and caregivers, but these engaging narratives appeal to a broad audience. About Empathy can be streamed or downloaded from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts or directly from the website (https://www.aboutempathy.com). There are 3 seasons of the podcast and a total of 22 episodes with topics including Medical Aid in Dying, Children’s Grief, Navigating Cancer Survivorship, Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic, among other areas of interest to healthcare providers.

For more info, please contact:
Dr. Giovanna Sirianni
sirianni.gio@gmail.com

MMM Rounds Update

Dear Friends,

We apologize for the recent cancellations of MMM rounds since entering the third pandemic wave. These recent weeks and months have taken even more energy and resolve than previous months and while we had hoped that MMM might provide a space for rest reflection and recharge, the energy required to organize and lead the charge has proved difficult to maintain in the light of other responsibilities. We are placing a hold on rounds until September in order to allow full recharge over the summer. We also wish to examine ways we can provide a better more reliable space for you all. If you have any comments, queries, advice or requests for MMM we would love to hear them and fold those in to our collective thinking. Wishing you a safe healthy resurgent summer ‘break’

Regards
Jane & Conor

Synesthesia 2021 Virtual Art Exhibit is LIVE !

ARTBEAT is pleased to announce that Synesthesia 2021 is now live.

Synesthesia is an annual exhibit of visual and literary art created by health professional students, staff, faculty, and alumni at the University of Toronto. This year the exhibit is virtual.
 We hope you have a chance to relax and browse through the exhibit over the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
See the exhibit here: https://www.synesthesia2021.site/
Please also visit the ARTBEAT student humanities blog at :
The Synesthesia Team

Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant – Call for Proposals February 2021

Post-MD-Education-UofT

Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grants

Dear Colleagues,

Post MD Education continues to offer the Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant in the amount of $5,000 per project proposal, distributed on a semi-annual basis. The first (inaugural) call went out in January 2017 and grants were awarded in June and December in 2017, 2018, 2019 and December 2020.

I am writing to announce the call for the spring 2021 submissions. The submission deadline is March 26, 2021 with grants awarded to the successful applicants in June.

The integration of humanities in medical education curricula has the potential to improve observation skills, self-reflection, and enhance learner competencies in the CanMEDS roles. Projects and proposals may reflect a variety of curricular designs which identify how medical humanities will be integrated into curricula and further enhance CanMEDS competencies.

Each proposal will require a matching funding commitment from the submitting department/division, i.e., if the project budget is $4,500 – a letter from the department chair committing to $2,250 is required. Funding will be provided for a one year period, and applicants must agree to submit a project report at end of the period.

Post MD Education will transfer the awarded funds to the successful applicant’s Academic Department in the Faculty of Medicine. Business Managers will provide Financial Information Services (FIS) account numbers to facilitate this transfer within four weeks of application approval or the funding offer will be withdrawn. The Academic Department will be responsible for the disbursement of funds to the successful applicant.

Attached is further background on the purpose of the grant as well as a template for the application. Please distribute widely.

We look forward to receiving applications for the Medical Humanities Education Grant by March 26, 2021.

Please submit your package by email to Arlene McKinley at arlene.mckinley@utoronto.ca

Sincerely,

Glen

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GLEN BANDIERA MD, MEd, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Post MD Education – Postgraduate Medical Education 
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
500 University Avenue | 6th Floor | Toronto ON M5G 1V7

416-978-6808 | adpgme@utoronto.ca

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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!]

UTMJ-Covid19

To learn more about UTMJ, please visit www.utmj.org.

Creating Space 11: The Edit. Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for Canada’s Annual Health Humanities Meeting – CREATING SPACE

Dear Colleagues,

The Creating Space 11 Conference Planning Committee, based in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador, is pleased to announce the call for abstracts.  Please see attached for details.

Call for abstracts Creating Space 11 – English

Tom Rosenal

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E-mail: cahh-L@mailman.ucalgary.ca
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