Learners from ALL clinical, humanities, social sciences and arts-based disciplines are welcome to register.
An Introduction to Visual Narrative: An Art Gallery Workshop
October 29, 2022
This workshop introduces learners to a spectrum of ways of engaging with visual art in an art museum context. Through exercises of close looking, guided drawing, and reflection, learners will approach art via its basic utterances of colour, line, and pattern to develop an appreciation of forms of expression and witnessing. Through an exploration of narrative artwork, learners will also develop a relationship to visual story-telling and its value for professional and personal growth. The workshop combines practices of relational aesthetics and graphic medicine to enrich learners’ visual literacy, capacity for reflection, and appreciation for the relevance of visual art to the practice of medicine.
People are complicated. Art is difficult. They’re both challenging: often opaque and multi-layered and hard to read. People and artworks might show up with their labels front-and-centre, but what do labels really tell us? As clinicians or as viewers, how do we approach and understand these layered beings as insightfully and respectfully as possible?
Art is Patient introduces learners to a series of steps to approach art in a gallery as a means to explore the ways we encounter people in our clinics and offices. The course proposes that relating to art and to people in meaningful ways doesn’t require specialized background knowledge. Rather, it requires our mindful, open-minded engagement.
The seminar series turns the Art Gallery of Ontario into a dynamic lab for visual literacy. In each of three linked sessions, we engage with one or two pieces of artwork with curiosity and humility. The art tells us what we need to know about seeing, witnessing and engaging in the context of care. The art gallery allows objects and images to clarify the professional/patient relationship in ways the clinic can’t, giving us space to question and understand our roles with one another, all without the usual pressures to know or perform or explain.
guided close observation of art
group reflection and
self-reflection via mark-making
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, curiosity, creativity and self-reflection
Understand the role of embodied witnessing in the practice of medicine.
Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA, Adjunct Faculty U of T Dept of Psychiatry, is an art therapist, a relational psychotherapist and 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”, which appears 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 is a Harvard Fellow specializing in Art Museum-Based Health Professions Education.
Time and place
3 sessions in sequence:
3:00 to 4:45 on Wednesdays November 2, 9, 16, 2022
In person: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St West
Open to all U of T Medical Students and Residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is no cost for participation but enrolment is limited for a small group experience.
ATTENDANCE IS EXPECTED AT ALL THREE seminar/workshops.
No art experience is necessary.
Tickets are graciously provided by the AGO.
For more information and to register, please contact: email@example.com
Please be sure you can commit to attending all sessions (see dates below), as places are limited.
Explore background on the culture of medicine as seen in the literature
Behaviours such as bullying, harassment, favoritism, perfectionism (imposter syndrome), cynicism, and productivity as self-worth are common in medicine and are grounded in shame. These have contributed to burnout especially during the pandemic.
Provide medical students with the chance to explore a theme of shame in their medical practice through the medium of photographic storytelling
September 22th (2 hour):
· get to know everyone
· please bring samples of the work you wish to share as well as your camera so we can have a sense of your style and voice
· general discussion on what our collective work might look like
October 20th (1 hour):
· group decision on the WHY of the photo essay
· choose a meaningful theme for the group and how we might show those themes visually
Nov 17th (1 hour):
· How to craft a meaningful photo essay—an exploration of themes and characters
November and December will be for individual photography time
January 19, 2023 (2 hours):
· sequencing (at least one week before, please send me at least 5 jpeg files with the work you wish to submit)
· as a group we will start the wonderful process of sequencing, selection, and
composition of our collective photo essay
February 16th (2 hours): part two sequencing
Printing–our end result will be 10-15 high quality prints to present at Synesthesia, the annual Faculty of Medicine art show.
Duration of Elective:
8 hours of instruction time plus independent time for photographing own vision of the chosen theme
Deadline and Key Details:
Students need access to their own camera (preferred) though smartphone may be acceptable if high resolution
Need to sign up early in the fall since the off hours creation time for photography may fall outside
Dr. Dawn Lim, BSc, MD, FRCP(C), MBA, Certificate of Digital Photography, Certificate of Creative Writing (candidate), Clinician Teacher and Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine
Join the Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets on Wednesday, September 29, at 6:00pm EST for the September edition of Cross-Pollinations, with Hsien Seow of McMaster University and poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji.
The Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets are partnering to deliver a series of monthly rounds focused on health, arts and humanities. These live sessions will feature both artists and professionals in the Health Humanities field for a multi-faceted conversation about topics related to healthcare, art, healing, and humanities.
In this ground-breaking new series, health humanities and poetry come together under the same scope, combining artistic expression with health practice and research. The conversations of Cross-Pollinations will illuminate new and emerging insights and perspectives on healthcare opportunities and challenges, healthcare approaches and advances, as well as build bridges of connection between health professionals, humanities and the arts.
This series is ideal for people in arts communities, poets and writers, as well as those working in healthcare.
This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+® credits.
Our September event next week also promises to be very exciting. Join us for a presentation from Hsien Seow of McMaster University, discussing the health care podcast The Waiting Room Revolution.. Hsien Seow, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, McMaster University and the Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation. His interests are to improve the experience of facing serious illness for patients and families. Funded research focuses on provider education, home care interventions, and patient-family experience. He earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a BSc from Yale University. His research website is www.palliativecareinnovation.com. He is the co-host of the popular health care podcast The Waiting Room Revolution, a public facing education about a re-imagining of palliative care, with a new season launching in September 2021.
Hsien will be joined by poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji, who will read following his presentation. Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s writing has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019, Maisonneuve, and is forthcoming in Event and Canthius. Shazia was named as a “writer to watch” by the CBC, and her poetry and prose have been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of Port of Being, a finalist for the 2019 Vancouver Book Award, BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is a co-editor for Watch Your Head, an anthology on the climate crisis and is at work on a novel.
We look forward to seeing you next week on Wednesday, September 29, at 6:00pm EST!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 780-492-0445 (Lisa Bussiere: MD Program/ AHHM Administrator)
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.
At the University of Toronto, Narrative Medicine and Arts-based Curricula are staples of Undergraduate Studies in Medicine and increasingly through Residency and beyond. The opportunities afforded for engagement, reflection and social connection enrich and encourage trainees and faculty alike to learn in transformative ways. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many burdens on both learners and practitioners, however, it has also presented us with an opportunity to explore new connections both virtual and visual.
Mixed-Media & Medicine (MMM) – A New Virtual Narrative Medicine Space Open To All
Offers a novel discussion space for group learning, reflection and new modes of presentation that are open to all medical learners – student, faculty & staff alike. From our own UofT literary journal ARS MEDICA (https://ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal) to Zine Archives in Graphic Medicine (https://www.graphicmedicine.org/comic-type/zine/) and everything in between (Poetry, Comics, YOUTUBES, Monologues, Short Short Stories you name it), we are excited to provide a safe space for participants to discuss short(ish) representations that address spirit, wellness, resilience , consciousness, and reflection. This is an inclusive environment to which ALL are welcomed and equally valued. Please spread the word amongst all people medical – students, faculty, colleagues, tutors, professors, residents, fellows, undergrads, postgrads. Come one come all ! Join us for the Mixed Media in Medicine (MMM) get-together (beginning November 24th, 2020) from 6 pm until 7. MMM will continue on the second Tuesday of every month starting in January 2021.
First, please take a moment to subscribe to our MMM listserv; please send an e-mail message to: email@example.com and remember if possible to use your @utoronto.ca email to subscribe. In the BODY of your message, please type the following: subscribe HAH-MMM-L your Firstname and Lastname (Example: subscribe HAH-MMM-L Bruce Wayne). A confirmation request message will be sent to your email account with a confirmation link.
Dr. Conor Mc Donnell, Staff Anesthesiologist Associate Professor, University of Toronto PeriOperative Services Associate Chief for Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine Patient Safety & Quality Program Director Hospital Patient Safety Physician & Medication Safety Physician Lead, The Hospital for Sick Children
This 3-part seminar guides Medical Students, Residents , Physicians and Other Health Professionals in :
· close observation of art
· group reflection and
within the art galleries and museums of the world (via virtual visits), to let art tell us what we need to know about seeing, witnessing and engaging in the context of care. The art gallery allows objects and images to clarify the doctor-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 medicine.
Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA, Adjunct Professor U of T Dept of Psychiatry, is an art therapist, psychotherapist and 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”, which appears 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 medical education initiatives in hospitals, museums and community studios.
Time and place:
One series of 3 sessions per semester
3 consecutive Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm: November 2, 9, 16
Via Zoom meeting
Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, practising Physicians/Faculty and Learners from other clinical 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. Please do not take a spot if you cannot commit to attend.
No art experience is necessary. Basic pencil and paper are needed as art materials.
For more information and to register, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a second offering in second term (2021)-stay tuned!
I hope this finds you and yours well at a singular time, to say the least. As CAHH members from 2018-2019, I wanted to notify you of two events coming up on Thursday, 1 October 2020: the CAHH Special General Meeting (SGM) and our inaugural Virtual Rounds (to be held by Zoom).Details are below for each, but I wanted to note that the SGM will be for members only. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so at https://www.cahh.ca/new-products/annual-membership as we’d love to have you there!
If you have already renewed your membership for this year, feel free to disregard that and my apologies for the extra e-mail. Please see details of the sessions below, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!