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

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’

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


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



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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!]


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


E-mail: cahh-L@mailman.ucalgary.ca
Homepage: https://mailman.ucalgary.ca/mailman/listinfo/cahh-l

The Gould Standard Podcast from the Glenn Gould Foundation

One of our Health, Arts and Humanities Program  Community Partners-THE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION – is offering free podcasts on music and the arts.

You can find the current episodes here:
Episodes to date:
Ep. 1 & 2: Petula Clark
Ep. 2: Cory Doctorow
Ep. 4: Nyla Innuksuk
Ep. 5: Chilly Gonzales
Ep. 6: Tatiana Maslany

These can also be found with all the major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.  In addition to the full-length audio podcasts (which as you’ll see are quite in-depth conversations), people can experience just a quick sampling in the form of brief audiograms on our Youtube channel:


The Gould Standard is a new, free-form conversational
podcast about the arts, culture, and contemporary society. We talk with artistic heroes  working to create a more inclusive and mindful world, hear their incredible
stories, and get to know what makes them tick.
The inspiration for the podcast is Glenn Gould and his legend,
which continues to resonate globally today.We are delighted to explore the lives, passions and works of our guests.
Our featured guests are leaders in a wide range of fields,
nationalities, and lived experience, including musical composers and performers, painters, poets, filmmakers, actors, dancers, broadcasters, and more.
Brian M. Levine
Executive Director
The Glenn Gould Foundation
69 Yonge Street, Suite 1401
Toronto, ON
M5E 1K3 Canada

T: +1 416 962-6200
E: brianlevine@glenngould.ca

@GlennGouldFndn on Twitter

Plums in the Icebox

Plums in the Icebox:

A Monthly Creative Writing Workshop for Health Practitioners 

Hosted by :

Shane Neilson MD, PHD  Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), McMaster University, and Damian Tarnopolsky PhD, Writer-in-Residence, Health, Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto


Offered via Zoom. Last Wednesday of the month, 6pm-8pm, January-June 2021

Fee of C$200 for six sessions.

Plums in the Icebox is an ongoing creative writing workshop for health practitioners. Each month we meet via Zoom in a small group to share work, do some writing, give some feedback and -most of all- reconnect with our writing and reading. In between meetings we do more of the same via chat. Led by an acclaimed poet who is a practicing family physician and a novelist and playwright with long experience teaching narrative medicine, Plums in the Icebox is a supportive community for health practitioners looking to deepen and improve their creative and reflective writing. The ethos is craft-based. The approach is collaborative. The style is informal. But the stakes are high.

For more information visit: https://sites.google.com/view/plumsintheicebox

To apply: please send a brief message to the organizers at plumsintheicebox1@gmail.com outlining your interest in the workshop and telling us a little about your writing background and healthcare affiliation. We’ll be in touch shortly. Our first session of the new year is Wednesday January 27th, 6pm-8pm EST. Sorry: scholarships, reduced rates, bursaries, subventions, and the like are not currently available.

Plums in the Icebox

Narrative-Based Medicine – Certificate Program-University of Toronto 🗓

Narrative-Based Medicine – Certificate Program
Register today to get started on January 21, 2021

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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. Learn these essential skills in CPD’s Narrative-Based Medicine certificate program.

The only certificate of its kind in Canada, this unique program trains participants in narrative-based medicine skills: close reading, reflective writing, listening and communication skills.

In 8 sessions held over 6 months, participants will:

  • Develop reflective and creative writing skills through tailored practical exercises
  • Gain one-on-one editing, guidance, and mentorship from a prize-winning author
  • Cover the theory and practice of narrative-based medicine through expert guest speakers and readings
  • Engage in a small group seminar format which encourages interaction, collaboration and teamwork

Upon completion of the program, participants will be better equipped to work with stories of all kinds to positively impact their fulfillment and patient care.

Review the program website for complete details and register to get started on January 21, 2021.

[Learn more and Register]

CPD Continuing Professional Development

Palette Issue IV: Call for Submissions

Please see this call for submissions for Palette, UofT Medicine’s arts and culture magazine from Sheila Yu , Editor-in-Chief, Palette Magazine 

Palette Call for Submissions – Deadline Extended to November 29th, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Palette is currently accepting submissions for Issue IV of Palette, UofT Medicine’s arts and culture magazine. If you are interested in having your work included in our next issue, please send your submissions to palette.utoronto@gmail.com by Sunday November 29th at 11:59pm! 

Kindly let us know in your email if you would like to be published anonymously.

Categories of accepted work include:

  • Visual arts
  • Creative writing
  • Performance arts
  • Lifestyle 

If you have books, podcasts, recipes, workouts, or other recommendations, please share them with us here: https://forms.gle/CWk48pjhYX6L7ZBe9

Please refer to our submission guidelines for more information: shorturl.at/myFK6

Love, the Palette Team 💕

Representations of Pain: An Online Exhibition and Event

From the Liberal Arts College, Concordia University (Montreal) :

We are thrilled to invite you to the launch of our interactive online installation, Representations of Pain, which interrogates representations and expands definitions of pain through a variety of media, from fine arts to the sciences. Curated by Thalia Stefaniuk, designed by Michael Ferrier, and based on Ariela Freedman’s research on pain and representation, this digital exhibition and event explores the many ways in which artists imagine and explore pain, grief, and suffering.

The work of Quinlan Deer, Jane Eyre Jordans, Christeen Francis, Alec Gandy, Cat Prince, Ms. Teri, Valentine Abraham, Anne Isabelle Leonard, Claire Ellen Paquet, Daniel Almeida, and Amanda Brown varies in subject and medium, but each one grapples with the language of pain, the articulation of suffering in body, mind, and culture, and the moments of relief provided by fantasy, beauty, and empathy. Explore the artists; attend the symposium; participate in an interactive performance. See the poster attached for dates and register for our symposium on the home page, and for interactive performances on Valentine Abraham and Anne Isabelle Leonard’s artist pages.

In this moment of pandemic anxiety and political reckoning, as we isolate from one another in a global time of suffering, and struggle to come together for social change, our hope is this exhibition will provide beauty, community and solace.

Follow us on instagram for updates.


Thalia Stefaniuk
Michael Ferrier
Ariela Freedman