Joseph Mailman School of Public Health
Four online lectures on Bioethics and Covid 19 in the US
Joseph Mailman School of Public Health
Four online lectures on Bioethics and Covid 19 in the US
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am delighted to share details about a virtual lecture series that I have organized over this new academic year. All of the presentations are open and free, but there is a separate rsvp link for each. I will send along that information as we move through time and space.
Please share with others, especially your students.
Dr. Tess Jones
SAVE THE DATES for this year-long lecture series on Mondays at noon.
RSVP for our first presentation by Dr. Damon Tweedy, MD on October 19th.
Our students from the ARTBEAT HEALTH HUMANITIES BLOG and the SYNESTHESIA ART CLUB have curated a wonderful art exhibit, now available to view online.
Creative expression has flourished in these challenging times and SYNESTHESIA now helps us launch into a new academic term.
SYNESTHESIA is an annual event which showcases multi-media works from students, staff , faculty and alumni from all clinical disciplines and departments in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto .
Here is the link to the virtual exhibit:
Please visit the following resource to explore options in mindful self-care. There are live ZOOM sessions you can register for and instructive videos :
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 and 2019.
I am writing to announce the call for the fall 2020 submissions. The submission deadline is October 15, 2020 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.
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 October 15, 2020.
Please submit your package by email to Arlene McKinley at email@example.com
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“ARS MEDICA-A JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES” is an award winning , biannual literary journal that explores the interface between the arts and healing, and examines what makes medicine an art . The journal was founded by medical educators at the University of Toronto in 2004.
Here are 2 updates from Allison Crawford MD, Editor-In-Chief :
1. Announcement of our new issue:
Our latest issue (15.1) of Ars Medica has been published and is available to read online https://www.ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal/issue/view/31
2. Call for an upcoming Special Covid-related issue – submissions due September 18 2020. The call is attached, and can also be accessed at: https://www.ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal
Dear ASBH Friends:
Please see two opportunities below and thank you for all you continue to do to facilitate learning and lead during these challenging times. Stay well!
The AAMC, in partnership with StoryCorps and the NEA, is seeking oral and 55-word stories for collaborative listening and story sharing that explore the lived experiences of our diverse constituents. Through a mix of media and forms—visual imagery, poetry, and storytelling—the AAMC is seeking a diverse range of voices and perspectives to honor and chronicle our community at this unprecedented time.
The AAMC, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is seeking applications for a newly created grants program intended to advance educational program evaluation of integrated humanities and arts in health professions education. Five, 18 month, grants of $25,000 each will be awarded. The deadline for proposals is September 15.
Elizabeth Gaufberg MD MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry,
Harvard Medical School
Director, Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Professional and Academic Development
Admin: Ellen Hedstrom email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 665 3152
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, Phoebe Bao and Nikhita Singhal at the University of Toronto.
Sample Prompt: “Write about the anticipation of something” Writing prompts will be provided in session; no writing experience or preparation necessary.
For questions, suggestions, or to learn more, please contact Phoebe (email@example.com) and Nikhita ( firstname.lastname@example.org). RSVP here https://forms.gle/
This is the last of an online, weekly hour and a half of poetry workshop 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 session 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.
One more session TOMORROW, a few added spaces ——> Wednesday May 20th 4-5:30PM
Register 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 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:
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?
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 :
For more information , including contractual details, please contact the editors at : email@example.com
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 Walrus, Reader’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.”
Many thanks to them for this terrific initiative and to all of you who shared resources, curricula and content.
This collaborative document is a work-in-progress, created by students to stimulate reflection and discussion during a time of great ambiguity and challenging decisions. Sources provided do not necessarily represent the views of The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. We invite readers to share new resources and to reflect thoughtfully and critically on those provided here.
Jane and Alex are happy to present their final working copy:
Allan Peterkin MD
An anthology of comics, edited by Shelley L. Wall, PhD, Josh Feder, MD, Jillian Horton, MD, and Allan Peterkin, MD.
Are you in pre-med studies, medical school, or medical residency anywhere in the world?
Are you a medical doctor with vivid recollections of your past medical training, or reflections on your current practice?
Have you witnessed the medical training process as a family member or as another healthcare professional?
We are seeking comics about your current and/or past experiences for an anthology.
The arts provide a powerful means to represent the intense and complex process of becoming a doctor. The medium of comics, with its combination of image and text and its rich vocabulary of narrative conventions, offers a fresh means to convey the nuances of communication within the clinical context. Until now, no anthology of comics has captured the experience of medical trainees across the arc of their journey, from applicant to fully-fledged physician.
The volume we are proposing, tentatively entitled Graphic Truths: The Making (and Unmaking) of a Doctor, will reflect the breadth, as well as the heights and depths, of medical training across countries and across specialties. This anthology will provide a channel for medical trainees and those close to them to share their stories, and give the wider public a meaningful and accessible glimpse “behind the scenes” of medical training and practice.
No art experience necessary!
Images can be simple. What we’re interested in are your stories, told with image and text. Submissions can be single panels, or stories told in a sequence of panels.
New Deadline: July 31,2020
For more information, including suggested themes, technical specifications, and submissions instructions, please visit www.graphic-truths.com.