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>>

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:

Poetry and Healing APRIL 2020 – Listen to these broadcasts from the LCP/Sick Kids

Poetry and Healing – log in here for weekly broadcasts :

Poetry throughout the ages has been prophetic, beautiful as well as healing. With the outbreak of COVID-19, we feel it is best to postpone the Poetry and Healing event for the safety of those involved, and those on the frontlines. But, we want to continue to support SickKids, and bring together the poetry community for good during these difficult times.

Throughout the month of April, join Kate Marshall Flaherty, Al Moritz (Poet Laureate of Toronto), Luciano Iacobelli, Lois Lorimer, Daniel David Moses, Ronna Bloom, Rajinderpal S. Pal, Catherine Graham, Dr. Conor Mc Donnell, Jacob Shier, Ayesha Chatterjee, Corrado Paina and Grace Ma in celebrating the healing power of poetry.

Support poetry and SickKids Hospital from your home.

The League is also looking for donations to SickKids as a part of this event fundraiser, and especially in these difficult times of outbreak and isolation.

Donate to SickKids here

Poets will be sharing recordings of their poetry throughout April, and within it, the healing journey of writing, or reading, or sharing, poetry. With Poetry & Healing, we all can explore the indigenous concept of “medicine,” the healing power of words, and the transformative and inspiring power of poetry.

Follow this page as well as the League on Facebook for memorable poetry for a wonderful cause — all April long!

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

Poetry and Healing: A Benefit for Sick Kids Hospital at Supermarket in Kensington Market 🗓

FUNDRAISER April 5, 2020

Poetry and Healing: A Benefit for Sick Kids Hospital at Supermarket in Kensington Market 

Sick Kids Hospital and The League of Canadian Poets announces the inaugural fundraiser for Sick Kids hospital, ‘Poetry & Healing’.

Join us for an afternoon of poetry for a great cause.

12 poets share their poetry, and within it, the healing journey of writing, or reading, or sharing, poetry. This day explores the indigenous concept of “medicine,” the healing power of words, and the transformative and inspiring power of poetry.

The League of Canadian Poets presents:
Al Moritz, (Poet Laureate of Toronto), Luciano Iacobelli, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Lois Lorimer, Daniel David Moses, Ronna Bloom, Rajinderpal Pal, Catherine Graham, Dr. Conor McDonnell, Jacob Shier, Ayesha Chatterjee, Corrado Paina

April 5, 2020
268 Augusta Avenue


CFD Narrative Medicine Course-some spots remain


Narrative Medicine: Reading, Writing, and Reflecting in Clinical Practice, Teaching, and Self-Care – open for registration!


Narrative medicine, both in medical practice and education, is practiced with a focus on the skills of communication and collaboration which are essential to positive health outcomes. Learning how to write and reflect more expertly gives practitioners a powerful skill with which to build therapeutic and collegial relationships, improve patient outcomes, and live and work in a more reflective and engaged way. This program is designed for healthcare practitioners looking to inform their professional practice with narrative approaches to health and medicine, and those seeking to explore creative and reflective writing for their own sake.

This program will introduce the theory and practice of Narrative Medicine through a variety of practical activities and discussion. Participants will be guided through in-class exercises in close reading, close listening, and creative and reflective writing.

This new program consists of seven 2.5-hour sessions and will require in-between-session homework and reading.

Registration is now open! There is an associated registration fee of $700. A maximum of 17 participants will be accepted into the program on a first come-first serve basis.

Download: [Narrative Medicine program info – Spring 2020]

Please register at or email for more information

Join us at Mindfest on March 11th !



We want your voice at Mindfest!

Date: March 11, 2020
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Hart House

We want to have a conversation about mental that includes everyone.
But it won’t include everyone unless it includes you.
On March 11, Mindfest will bring together our community for a day of talks, workshops, and conversations about mental health. This year features amazing speakers from our faculty and presentations from and Stella’s Place.
This event is free, no registration is necessary, and all are welcome!



Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Retreat, Aug 15-18, 2019

Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Retreat
With Bill Gayner
August 15-18, 2019

Ecology Retreat Centre
308046 Hockley Road, Mono, ON

Registration is open for the fourth annual Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Retreat, August 15-18, 2019, at the Ecology Retreat Centre, nestled in beautiful, wooded hills near Orangeville, just north of Toronto.

Emotion-focused mindfulness therapy integrates mindful experiencing with experiential and emotional processing to enhance how we make sense of our feelings, resolve inner conflicts and unfinished business, navigate our lives, and cultivate growth and fulfillment.

Bill will give two daily talks with discussion periods each day. There will be daily small groups for sharing and exploring meditation experience, as well as opportunities for individual discussions about your meditation practice. This retreat is most suitable for mental health professionals with some meditation experience.

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, has developed EFMT. He provides EFMT groups to psychiatric outpatients and HIV+ gay and bisexual men, individual psychotherapy to people living with HIV, and EFM training to hospital staff in the Sinai Health System. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Bill has trained and mentored mental health professionals in mindfulness for over a decade.

Single room $1100 CAD
*Limited number available

Shared room $830 CAD per person
*Reduced rate can be requested if in need

For more info or to register 
click here

Or email Bill at
Integrating mindfulness-based interventions into emotion-focused therapy


4 Part Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Course For Residents

Dear Residents/Postgraduate Trainees,

The Postgraduate Wellness Office is pleased to support an Emotion-Focused Mindfulness course funded by Post-MD Education and sponsored by the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities.

The course dates are: March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25 (4th Tuesday of each month)

Time: 6:15pm-8:45pm

Room: 3rd floor, 500 University Ave, Postgraduate Wellness Office

Maximum number of participants: Twelve.  We are able to accommodate the first 12 postgraduate trainees who RSVP. Commitment to attendance at ALL 4 sessions is required.

Cost: Free of cost. Course is funded by Post-MD Education

    A firm commitment is expected once you sign up and because there will be  a wait      list, please notify us well in advance of cancellation.

Please RSVP

Course Description:

We tend to spend a lot of time in our heads detached from feelings or too immersed in and buffeted by stressful emotions and thoughts. Mindful experiencing brings us in touch with our implicit feelings about situations in a spacious way that heightens self-compassion and lowers reactivity. This creates optimal conditions that can be used in meditation and conversation to make sense of how we feel, sort out what matters to us, and how to better navigate situations.

The workshop will include sitting meditation, journaling and discussing the experience, talks and discussion, a brief gentle set of functional exercises particularly helpful for folks who do a lot of key boarding, and, if we have room, walking meditation.

 Learning goals:                        

•  Enhance calm, self-compassionate empathy, therapeutic presence, and equanimity

•  Describe how reflecting on implicit experience in meditation deepens authenticity and experiencing and enhances self-care and creativity

•  Develop own meditation practice at home

•  Integrate empirically-based experiential tasks into meditation for finding appropriate distance from stressors and coming alive to and better navigating the present moment

•  Describe how contemporary emotion theory relates to mindfulness practice and apply it in meditation practice

•  Learn techniques for calming overwhelming distress and calming and grounding dissociation

•  Compare and contrast Buddhist roots with this practice

Facilitator: Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW

Please contact us if you have any questions or you want to RSVP for this great opportunity.


Julie Maggi, MD MSc FRCPC
Director, Postgraduate Wellness Office
Post MD Education, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto


Allan Peterkin MD, FCFP, FRCP
Director, Program In Health, Arts and Humanities,
University of Toronto


Dr. Glen Bandiera
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education

Hennick Family Wellness Gallery Now Open


The Hennick Family Wellness Gallery, located on the main floor (north-east corner) of Mount Sinai Hospital, is now open. The gallery is envisioned to be a healing and respite area where patients, families, visitors and staff can visit and experience a tranquil space filled with exceptional works of art from late Canadian artist Sorel Etrog.

Hours of Operation

Daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Please note: Food or drink of any kind are not permitted in the gallery, and smoking is not allowed on the patio.

To learn more, watch this video featuring the gallery’s lead donors, Barbara and Jay Hennick, and other experts on the subject of healing and art.