CAHH Special General Meeting and Inaugural Virtual Rounds,1 October 2020 🗓

For members of the Canadian Association for Health Humanities

Membership info at  : :

Good afternoon to all,

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 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!

Brett Schrewe (CAHH Secretary-Communications Officer)

On behalf of the CAHH Executive and Advisory Council

CAHH Special General Meeting (SGM)

  • 14h30-15h30 (PDT)
  • 15h30-16h30 (MDT)
  • 16h30-17h30 (CDT)
  • 17h30-18h30 (EDT)
  • 18h30-19h30 (ADT)
  • 19h00-20h00 (NDT)

The Zoom link will be sent to CAHH members by separate e-mail in the days to come! The SGM Agenda and associated documents will be available on the CAHH website prior to the SGM (

CAHH Virtual Rounds

This event is open to the general public, is co-hosted by the University of Alabama’s Art of Medicine Rounds, and will be held immediately following the SGM as follows:

  • 15h30-17h30 (PDT)
  • 16h30-18h30 (MDT)
  • 17h30-19h30 (CDT)
  • 18h30-20h30 (EDT)
  • 19h30-21h30 (ADT)
  • 20h00-22h00 (NDT)

The Zoom link will be available in the coming days.

We are ecstatic to feature the following presenters!

  • Malika Sharma, MD, MEd, FRCPC (Toronto, Ontario), “Whose Stories, Whose Voices: Troubling Humanism in Medicine”
  • Tracy Moniz, PhD (Halifax, Nova Scotia), “How and why are the arts and humanities used in medical education? A scoping review of the literature”

Poetry presented by

  • Don Colburn MA, MFA (Oregon, USA)
  • Jack Coulehan MD, MPH (New York, USA)


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:



Announcements for ARS MEDICA -Canada’s Leading Medical Humanities Journal

“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

2. Call for an upcoming Special Covid-related issue – submissions due September 18 2020. The call is attached, and can also be accessed at:

Synesthesia Art Show goes virtual! 🗓

SYNESTHESIA, the annual art show curated by medical students at the University of Toronto will be online as of August 24, 2020.

Stay tuned for launch details !     🖼

Meanwhile,  artists using any media and from any healthcare/clinical discipline at the University of Toronto are invited to submit  a piece  by JULY 24, 2020  .
Here is the link to the submission form:
Students, residents, fellows, faculty, researchers, practitioners and  alumni  are ALL invited to contribute to our virtual exhibit. Every year, SYNESTHESIA grows more interprofessional and multidisiplinary, showcasing the extraordinary creativity of  our campus.  🎨

Call For Submissions for Graphic Truths Anthology of Medical Comics

Graphic Truths: The Making (and Unmaking) of a Doctor 

An anthology of comics, edited by Shelley L. Wall, PhD, Josh Feder, MD, Jillian Horton, MD, and Allan Peterkin, MD.

This is a renewed call for submissions, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Are you in pre-med studiesmedical 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


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

Visual Ways of Knowing at the McMichael Art Gallery – Spring 2020 🗓

Visual Ways of Knowing
An Art-Based Workshop
for Medical Learners
at the McMichael Art Gallery


Through viewing, describing, discussing, and creating visual art, learners will:

• practice alternative ways of perceiving & develop a vocabulary to articulate what they see
• work collaboratively with peers to generate meaning
• reflect on their cognitive and affective responses to visual images, which can be incorporated into course learning portfolios
• consider the connections between a keen appreciation of visual art and enhanced practice of medicine
• practice art-making as a means of understanding and reflection
• enhance their appreciation of the rich contexts of Canadian visual culture.

Eligibility To Participate

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis for medical students, residents and fellows at the University of Toronto. Up to two spots may be reserved for medical educators if space permits. No art experience necessary. All materials, including entrance fee, provided thanks to funding from Post-MD Education at the University of Toronto. You must commit firmly to attending both parts of the workshop as there is a wait list for this seminar (see below).


In two parts:

1) Saturday, April 25: 10am to 3:30pm at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg; and

2) Later date (TBA) 7:30pm at a Private Curator/Collector’s home.



• Michael J. Weinberg MD MSc BSc FRCS(C), Plastic Surgeon; Board Member, McMichael
• Shelley Wall MSc BMC PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Communications, UofT; Illustrator-in-Residence in the Faculty of Medicine, UofT; VTS-trained
• Eva-Marie Stern RP MA, Art Psychotherapist; Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UofT; VTS-trained
• Allan Peterkin MD FRCP(C) FCFP, Professor of Psychiatry, UofT; Head of University of Toronto Program in Health and Humanities

For more information and to register:


International Graphic Medicine Conference in Toronto 🗓


July 16-19, 2020, Toronto


The 2020 Graphic Medicine conference aims to encourage critical dialogues and interventions in/during troubled times with a specific emphasis on social justice and human rights. This year’s theme seeks connections between health, equity, and justice in an era of rapid ecological and societal upheaval. We invite submissions that address the relationship between health and such upheavals, as revealed through comics in its many forms (e.g. graphic novels, memoir, comic strips, manga, mini comics, web comics).

Presentations are invited that explore the following themes (as well as others that are not listed):
•Social determinants of health
•Environmental racism and slow violence
•Institutional racism and other forms of structural violence
•Queer health
•Food insecurity
•Securitization of borders
•Indigenous health and healing
•Patriarchal medicine
•Prison justice
•Opioid crisis
•Care work and disability justice
•Migrant and refugee rights
•Market capitalism
•Health care access

Presentation Formats:

Lightning talks: These 5-minute presentations should provide an engaging and concentrated synopsis of new, ongoing, or completed scholarly, creative, or professional work in Graphic Medicine. This format is designed with the promotion of sustained conversation in mind.

Oral presentations: These 15-20 minute presentations are largely for work that requires and engages a longer presentation format than a lightning talk.

Panel discussions: These 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of speakers are meant to be collaborative, interdisciplinary, or address a single topic from a variety of perspectives.

Posters: Proposals for posters should include a title and an abstract with accompanying images if necessary.

Workshops: These 90-minute, hands-on, activity-driven sessions are for participants who wish to obtain particular skills with regard to comics. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

•drawing for health
•accessing personal stories
•comics and storytelling
•mini-comic tutorial

Submission Process:

Proposal abstracts should not exceed 300 words and may be submitted in Word or PDF format. Please include the following information in this order:

•affiliation email address
•phone number
•title of abstract
•body of abstract
•sample images or web links to work being discussed (if applicable)
•presentation format preference (see options above)
•equipment needed (e.g. AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)

Proposals should be submitted by January 31st, 2020 to:

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by the week of March 15.

While we cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, we will attempt to honour preferences, and we will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals.

Please note: Presenters are responsible for costs associated with their session (e.g. handouts and supplies) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference. Discounted rates and some limited scholarships will be available for students, artists, and others in need.

Proposals should be submitted no later than January 31st, 2020!

Local Toronto conference partners are St. Michael’s Hospital , Dept. of Psychiatry and the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities (WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COM)


Art is Patient – January 2020

This 3-part seminar guides Medical Students, Residents and Health Professionals 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 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.


Seminar leader

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

Wednesdays January 15, 22 and 29, 2020

Art Gallery of Ontario


Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, and Learners from other disciplines on a first-come, first-served basis. (This seminar series is formerly known as Seeing Art as Medicine.) 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:

Palette Magazine : Call for Submissions for UofT Med Student Magazine

Palette Magazine, your local source for arts and culture from our U of T Med community, is back and better than ever!
This year, there are even more opportunities to share your creative talents, as we are expanding to release not one but two issues! We are happy to announce that submissions are now open for our first issue, which will be printed and released in January 2020.
We’re looking to include all kinds of self-expression in our next issue, including visual arts, creative writing, performance arts, lifestyle design, and almost anything else you can think of!
If you are interested in having your creative work included in our next issue, send your submissions to The deadline for submission is November 13th, 2019 @11:59 pm. See below for our submission guidelines and Issue 1!

Free TIFF workshop – Oct 20

Workshop: Telling Trauma through Film & Art with Eva-Marie Stern

Sunday, October 20th, 2-4pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W)
3rd Floor, Learning Studios A & B

Film and art can be powerful ways to understand and express experiences that might otherwise be difficult to communicate. This companion workshop of Emily Kassie & Sophia Bush on A Girl Named C will explore strategies for using art and moving images to connect more deeply with your emotions, thoughts, and sensory experiences. Join art therapist and educator Eva-Marie Stern for a trauma-informed afternoon of making and engaging with art.

No cost. All are welcome to attend. You do not have to attend the preceding screening of A Girl Named C to participate in this workshop.

To reserve a spot, please email

Screening: Emily Kassie & Sophia Bush on A Girl Named C

Sunday, October 20, 12-2pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W)

At first, “C” could not remember what happened — she was only 11. Through vivid drawings and disturbing diary entries, her parents start to puzzle together the events of that day.

Using interviews and C’s own artwork, feature documentary A Girl Named C delves into the mind of a child as she struggles with the trauma of sexual assault, and turns to the creative arts to navigate the aftermath with her family’s support.

Denise Balkissoon will moderate an onstage discussion with director Emily Kassie and executive producer Sophia Bush after the film.

$14 General Admission | $11.50 Student/Senior
Tickets and more info:

Elysse Leonard
Senior Coordinator, Youth + Community Initiatives
Pronouns: she/her


TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 3X5
Phone: 416.599.8433 ext.2246