Invitation – Fireside Chat on Leadership – September 15 🗓

Invitation | Fireside Chat on Leadership | September 15

Dear Students,

As part of our ongoing commitment to leadership education, we are introducing a series of ‘Fireside Chats’ with medical leaders.   The six chats which will take place over the current academic year are formally part of the PG Leadership Certificate Program, and we are delighted to open them up to our entire community of medical learners at UofT so that all can be inspired and benefit from the wisdom and experience of these faculty.  Below are the details for the first fireside chat:

Topic: Authentic and Inspired Leadership

Speaker: Dr. Philip Berger

Date and Time: Tuesday September 15th at 6:15 – 6:45 pm


To ask a question during the chat please email:

About the speaker: Dr. Berger is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine, was Medical Director of the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital from 1997-2017 and Chief of its Department of Family and Community Medicine from 1997 to 2013. He has helped establish human rights related health organizations arising from his work with torture victims, refugees and people with HIV and has been involved in campaigns to fight poverty and in support of drug users.


  • How to identify conditions external to the patient and her community which can cause illness and impede recovery.
  • Assess the collision between self effacement and self interest in the context of physicians’ duty to patients and to the public.

Readings (DOWNLOAD attached document which contains both readings)

1.      Pellegrino ED.  Altruism, self-interest and Medical Ethics. JAMA 1987;258:1939-40

2.      Berwick DM.  To Isaiah. JAMA 2012; 307:2597-99

We hope you can join us!

Patricia Houston MD, MEd, FRCPC
Professor and Vice Dean, Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Glen Bandiera BASc (Engin.), MD, MEd, FRCPC
Professor & Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

COVID & Ethics Series: links to videos of 4 webinars

From Dr Robert Klitzman,

Joseph Mailman School of Public Health

Four  online lectures on Bioethics and Covid 19 in the US

Free Lecture Series: Intersections of Race, Class, and Health

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.

Download flyer>>


Please share a wonderful resource found at this link:

Open source #Coronavirus syllabus

It’s curated beautifully and broken down as follows :

“Teach the virus,” Anne Fausto-Sterling

Table of Contents 

Articles and Books               1

Symposia 12

Podcasts and Radio 12 

Film 13

Visual Arts 14

Music 14

Literature 15

Archives and Databases 16

Syllabi and Other Resources 16

Lectures and Fora 18

JHI Program for the Arts 2020-2021 FUNDING Deadline Extended


Dear Colleagues:
The deadline for applications for funding in 2020-2021 for the JHI Program for the Arts is now extended to 15 April 2020 at midnight. A couple of provisions have also been adjusted to make it possible to fund online events and to encourage applicants to consider contingency plans for their events, should regular operations not be feasible when the time comes.
Applications are welcome from all continuing teaching and research members of the faculty.
Could you please share the revised Call for Applications (attached, and copied in below this message) with your mailing list to faculty members?

Dr. Kimberley Yates, Associate Director
Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, Room 1029
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8

 Call for Proposals — REVISED

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts, 2020-2021

 Deadline for applications: EXTENDED TO 15 APRIL 

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts supports a range of events from small (up to $3000) to larger (up to $10,000) designed to enhance, improve and raise the profile of the Arts at the University. Activities may include visitors, lecture series, symposia, exhibitions, performances, or other imaginative and arts initiatives, which will serve to foster the work of the Jackman Humanities Institute and to represent the leading scholarship of the humanities at the University of Toronto. Each year there will be a priority for at least one event that engages the wider public. The Program gives priority to activities that range across multiple units and across more than one campus. It does not support activities that are routine matters of the sort that individual academic units would normally fund (e.g. departmental colloquia, learned society meetings, etc.). The Program also prefers activities that are related to the 2020-2021 theme—Collectives—but will consider proposals with other foci. Applications will be evaluated for conceptual fit, methodology, and research outputs.  

Proposals that include contingency plans for remote access, or are designed to run via remote access will be given priority. 

2020 – 2021: Collectives

From political parties to literary coteries, from fan groups to sports teams, from terrorist organizations to online groups, our collectives, associations, and communities are multiform and complex. How do we band together and why? In teaming up, how does membership of a collective affect one’s own agency and standing – what do we lose, what do we gain? Can collectives truly be agents and how do group dynamics emerge? How do we balance the interests between collectives, of individuals and collectives, and of the individual within the collective?

 Applications are invited from appointed members of the continuing research and teaching faculty at the University of Toronto.  To apply:

1.     You must have an active userID account on the JHI website

2.     Complete the online application form at

3.     Upload a description and rationale including fit with 2020-2021 annual theme of Collectives

(500 words—FIRM limit on length)

4.     Upload a proposed budget outline showing all known sources of support 

To clarify some of the preferences of the Program the following guidelines will normally apply:

1.     Funding will be awarded from $1,000-$3,000 (small), $3,000-$5,000 (medium) or up to $10,000 (large). Projects with a total budget (including all sources) over $30,000 will not be supported.

2.     Interdisciplinary activities that reach across units, and across campuses are given priority.

3.     Subventions for academic publishing will not be considered at this time; exhibition catalogues that are part of a larger academic event are the only publication that will be considered for funding.

4.     Significant costs (over $3,000) for performers will not be funded.


5.     Events of an annual or continual nature that have previously been funded through the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts are normally eligible for one repeat year of funding; this need not be sequential.

6.     The JHI provides basic publicity package (in-house colour flyer on request, website event posting, JHI social media and newsletter, email announcement to departments and relevant EDU’s), and will make available the first-floor multipurpose room (seats 100) and tenth-floor meeting room (seats 25; weekdays 9-4 only) to all funded events.

7.     Costs for publicity and space rental will not normally be accepted as fundable budget items. A/V recordings of events funded by the Program for the Arts should be included as a regularly budgeted item in the budget proposal with an explanation of the research or pedagogical need for the recording included in the Description and Rationale document. The responsibility for arranging recordings will lie with the event organizer.

8.     Due to COVID-19 precautions, for 2020-2021, proposals that include either a contingency plan for remote access, or are designed to run via remote access, will be given priority. 


For clarifications about this program, please contact JHI Director Professor Alison Keith at

For website assistance, please contact JHI Associate Director Dr. Kimberley Yates at


Applications due: Wednesday 15 April 2020 at midnight

Narrative Rounds – Stories Turned into Case Studies and Case Files – EVENT POSTPONED 🗓

Please hold the date for our joint Department of Family and Community Medicine – 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”


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.

TGH-UHN Grand Rounds – March 6

UHN Centre for Mental Health: Grand Rounds

“Encountering the Unspeakable: Arts-Based Research Methods and the Limits of Narrative in a Study of First Episode Psychosis”

Presenter: Dr. Suze Berkhout
Chair: Dr. Raed Hawa
Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location: Toronto General Hospital (1EN-429/430)



Sinai Health Systems – Psychiatry Grand Rounds March 6

Sinai Health System – Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Whale-Mind: Schizophrenia and Language

Martha Baillie, author of Sister Language, in conversation with poet, Ronna Bloom
DATE:  Friday, March 6, 2020
TIME:  10:45AM-12:00
LOCATION: 60 Murray Street — 3rd Floor, Rooms 201, 202 & 203
Book signing to follow
Learning objectives:
1. You’ll see inside the thinking of a highly articulate schizophrenic regarding her relationship to language.
2. You’ll learn about bridge building between schizophrenics and the “social world.”
3. You’ll hear poetry used as a powerful alternative means of communication, where linear thought and conversation fail.


Martha Baillie’s poetry has appeared in the Iowa review. Her third novel, The Incident Report, was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her fourth novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, was an Oprah editors pick, and was published by Tin House in the US, and Actes Sud in France. Her non-fiction can occasionally be found in Brick: A Literary Journal. Her most recent book, Sister Language, is a work of call and response, about schizophrenia and language, co-written with her late sister, the poet Christina Baillie. Martha lives in Toronto, as did Christina until her death August 21, 2019.

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 is Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing.



How a Poem Moves with Illness and Disability: a Reading and Discussion with Moira MacDougall, Roxanna Bennett, and Adam Sol

Thursday April 23, 2020

18th Floor, Mount Sinai Auditorium
600 University Avenue, Toronto

Hosted by Allan Peterkin

Curated by Shane Neilson MD,PHD

6:30-8 pm

Moira, Roxanna, and Adam read from their new books as they pertains to illness and disability. Throughout the reading, Adam will move the audience through an open, non-specialized, organic method to draw connections between poems and create discussion.

Learning objectives:

— to recognize that the non-linear experience of poetry has fidelity with the chaos of the illness experience

— to encounter and practise a means of “understanding” poetry that deliberately avoids reading poem as riddle or puzzle to solve, but rather as a place to start making connections

— to understand the contribution that disabled experience can make in the discipline of medicine

Upcoming Colloquium: February 11, 2020

Dear Faculty, Students, and Friends,

The Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) is pleased to invite you to their winter colloquium.

Please see below for details:

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Where: 80 Queens Park, Edward Johnson Building, Room 215

Presenter: Yune S. Lee, PhD. Dept of Speech and Hearing Science, Ohio State University

Title of Presentation: New Frontiers in Neurologic Music Therapy: Towards Integration of Neuroimaging, Mobile Technology and Music

Yune S. Lee received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth College and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an assistant professor at the Ohio State University, jointly affiliated with Department of Speech and Hearing Science and Chronic Brain Injury Program. Dr. Lee conducts several funded research programs that aims to develop music-based intervention programs for context of communication disorders.


AGO Visual Literacy Training for Medical Faculty and Alumni

Art is Patient

For U of T Medical Faculty and Alumni

This 3-part seminar guides Health Professionals and Educators in

  • close observation of art
  • group reflection and
  • art-making within the Art Gallery of Ontario, to let art tell us what we need to know about seeing, witnessing and engaging in the context of care. The gallery allows objects and images to clarify the clinician-patient relationship in ways the clinic can’t, giving us space to question and understand our roles with one another without the usual pressures to know or perform or explain.


  • Foster cognitive skills such as description and interpretation (and better understand the distinction between the two), critical thinking and metacognition
  • Sharpen technical abilities such as close observation, diagnostic acumen, pattern recognition and the perception of non-verbal cues
  • Deepen interpersonal skills with both patients and colleagues, such as collaboration, social awareness and cultural sensitivity
  • Nurture humanistic qualities such as tolerance of ambiguity, creativity and self-reflection
  • Understand the role of embodied witnessing in the practice of health care


Seminar leader

Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA, Adjunct Professor U of T Dept of Psychiatry, is an art therapist, psychotherapist and award-winning medical educator. She co-founded WRAP (within the Trauma Therapy Program) at Women’s College Hospital in 1998. Her chapter, co-authored with Shelley Wall, “The Visible Curriculum” in Health Humanities in Postgraduate Medical Education (Oxford U Press, 2018) expands on how looking at and making art can vitalize learning in medicine. She offers art-based learning and exploration initiatives in hospitals, museums, community studios and within her private practice, artandmind.

Time and place

Wednesdays February 19, 26 and March 4, 2020

Art Gallery of Ontario


Open to all U of T Faculty and Alumni of all disciplines on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost for participation but enrolment is required and ATTENDANCE IS EXPECTED AT ALL THREE seminar/workshops. No art experience is necessary. Entrance to the Gallery and art supplies provided.

For more information and to register, please contact:

Race, Equity and Action Speaker Series with Rabbi Julia Appel – Jan 22, 2010

REGISTER for the Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series with Rabbi Julia Appel on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

In January, the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office is hosting the third edition of the Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series. The series is featuring international experts, academics and advocates to increase dialogue and understanding of racial equity, diversity and inclusion in postsecondary environments.

The January edition will feature Rabbi Julia Appel, Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Rabbi at Hillel at the University of Toronto. The talk will identify strategies and share resources to address antisemitism in postsecondary environments.

Rabbi Appel’s talk will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the Multi-Faith Centre in the Main Activity Hall on the second floor, located at 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Kindly let us know if you are able to attend via the link here as spots are limited.

Thank you.

Karima Hashmani
Executive Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Division of HR & Equity