CFD Narrative Medicine Course-some spots remain

REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON!

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

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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 https://cfd.utoronto.ca/fostering/details/6 or email Farah.Friesen@unityhealth.to for more information

Exciting Narrative Medicine course at the CFD

Please note this exciting Narrative Medicine course at the CFD:

Narrative Medicine: Reading, Writing, and Reflecting in Clinical Practice, Teaching, and Self-Care is for healthcare practitioners looking to inform their professional practice with narrative approaches to health and medicine.

Other CFD Programs of interest are described below :

CFD Programs open for registration and application starting January 2020!

The Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto.

CFD is committed to supporting health care professionals evolve and grow in their Faculty roles.

The following programs may be of interest in helping you develop as a teacher, educator, academic leader, scholar, and advocate. Please see attached PDF for program details.

–          Stepping Stones: A Foundational Faculty Development Program provides support to health professionals in their multiple roles as teachers, educators, academic leaders, scholars, and advocates.

–          Education Scholars Program (ESP) is a longitudinal leadership development program for health professional educators that fosters academic excellence, creativity, and scholarly productivity in education.

–          Teaching for Transformation: Summer Education Institute (SEI) is a 3-day faculty development program for individuals iinterested in preparing health professions learners for the humanistic, social-relational aspects of health care practice and are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion (e.g. collaboration and advocacy).

—          New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) Program aims to foster productive, visionary, and collaborative academic leaders in the Academic Health Science Network.

Centre for Faculty Development
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at St. Michael’s Hospital
Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre
30 Bond Street, LKSKI Building, 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1W8
416-864-6060 x77420
www.cfd.utoronto.ca

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

Objectives

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).

Dates

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.

 

Faculty

• 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:   emstern@artandmind.net

WITH THANKS TO POST-MD EDUCATION, FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COM

Writing/Poetry and Reflection Workshops

Writing/Poetry and Reflection for Medical Students, Residents, and Health Professionals: 

Two Workshops

1. Awake at Work

In this session, use writing to explore how simply showing up and attending to your own experience is the starting point for attending to others. Through guided exercises, you’ll have the opportunity to notice your personal, professional, and physical responses –– whether you’re at a desk, in the community, or in a hospital room –– and to write about them in a reflective, open, non-evaluative way. See how being awake to yourself might help you be awake at work. No experience is necessary.

Time and place:
March 25, 2020 6PM-8PM
Mount Sinai Hospital,
600 University Avenue
OT room 941

2. Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Note Form

Perhaps you are too overwhelmed to read this? Let’s be brief: this workshop will address impacts, physical or emotional, personal or professional, of caring for human suffering. In notes. A creative writing workshop. With other hesitant people. Using poems as guides. Have a rest; write something. No experience necessary.

Time and place:

April 15, 2020 6PM-8PM
Mount Sinai Hospital,
600 University Avenue
OT room 941

Goals:
— Learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on one’s work, relationships, and life
— Engage with poetry as a tool for understanding and expressing challenges
— Increase awareness of the impact of the professional on the personal, and the personal on the professional
— Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care

 

Workshop Leader

Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, The More (Pedlar Press, 2017) long-listed for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. She is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme. Her “Spontaneous Poetry Booth” and “RX for Poetry” have been featured in hospitals, conferences and fundraisers in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronnabloom.com

Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, and Learners from other disciplines. Sign up for one or both. To register contact ronna.bloom@utoronto.ca

NEW NARRATIVE MEDICINE WRITING WORKSHOP/WRITING COMMUNITY

A Rooster for Asclepius: The Toronto Health Humanities Writing Group*

A new monthly health humanities workshop, focused on improving narrative medicine skills through creative and reflective writing, close reading of health-related writing, sharing and reflection on participant work, and ongoing discussion of the goals and methods of narrative-based medicine.

Physicians and health practitioners from other clinical fields interested in collaborating to deepen their involvement in health humanities are encouraged to apply to join this new group. Space permitting, scholars, practitioners and theorists from arts and  humanities  disciplines with an interest in the culture of medicine and healthcare,  are also invited to apply.

Typical workshop sessions will include some combination of: in-class writing exercises; discussion of a published health-related piece (short story, personal essay, etc.); discussion of theory and practice of narrative medicine as related and experienced by participants; sharing of written work by participants with guided feedback on same; visits by guest speakers working in other artistic genres and cognate fields. There will also be ongoing discussion of and collaboration on related opportunities and events in the health humanities.

This is a workshop rather than a class—an ongoing collaborative effort—and one of the principal aims is to foster a creative and supportive narrative community in the GTA.

Between sessions, reading, writing and discussion will continue via an online forum/discussion board.

Space is limited, so please make sure you can commit to this writing group. Refunds will not be issued.

Time and Location: 

Workshop sessions will be 3 hours in length, held in the evening.

Meetings will take place on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May.

Fee:

$200 (membership fee for one academic year). Some spaces for residents and doctoral students will be made available free of charge.

 

Facilitator details:

Damian Tarnopolsky has taught courses in Narrative Medicine at the Centre for Faculty Development at St. Michael’s Hospital for several years, and led writing and reflection workshops for medical students and residents as the Barbara Moon Fellow at Massey College from 2016-19. His books, Goya’s Dog and Lanzmann and Stories, have been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the ReLit Award, among others, and his play The Defence won the 2019 Voaden Prize. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has taught at Humber College and the School of Continuing Studies, where he was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching award. He works at Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial services company in Toronto.

 

How to apply:

Choose a health-related subject and write a 500-1000 word short story, personal essay,  poem/poems, dramatic scene, graphic medicine comic, or a piece in another genre of your choice.  Send your submission as a PDF or Word document to Damian Tarnopolsky at aroosterforasclepius@gmail.com  You will receive a response shortly thereafter.

 

*About the name of our writing group:

“Crito, we owe a rooster to Asclepius – pay it. Don’t forget.” – Plato, Phaedo, 118

As he went to face his death after being condemned by the Athenians, Socrates enjoined his friends to make a sacrifice to Asclepius, god of healing. It’s likely that with his last words he meant to say that he was grateful to be cured of the disease of life, and to pass into a realm of truth. It’s possible, however, that he was speaking ironically.

CINEMA MEDICA Workshop: Another Way of Seeing — How to Read & Discuss Film

Workshop: A New Way of Seeing — How to Read & Discuss Film

Saturday, December 7th, 2-4pm
Mount Sinai Hospital, Room 939

Film and television are powerful media for storytelling, making use of a wide range of expressive tools to convey meaning and to evoke emotional responses. This workshop will offer a practical introduction on how to engage more deeply with film in both individual and group settings. Through a series of interactive exercises and guided viewing, learn strategies and descriptive language for performing a close reading of a film—examining aspects of form and narrative—and leading, or participating in, group discussions about film.

Facilitator bio:

Elysse Leonard is a film educator and programmer who works at the intersections between film, mental health, and community engagement. With a background in Psychology and Cinema Studies, she is passionate about creating inclusive, interdisciplinary spaces for folks to connect, learn, and express themselves through film. Elysse is the film education lead for the Health, Arts & Humanities programme. She also oversees TIFF’s Mental Health Outreach programme, which brings film screenings and film-craft workshops to mental health programs across Toronto.

Please register herehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HK9CPFB

Resident Writing Group – Next Meeting Nov 19

University of Toronto Residents’ Creative Writing Group

Are you interested in stretching your creative muscles? Looking to refine a creative work for publication? Or perhaps just to inject a dose of humanities into your medical practice?

The University of Toronto Residents’ Creative Writing Group is here to help!

We comprise of a group of residents and fellows at the University of Toronto interested in sharing and improving our writing. Meetings are held approximately once a month, 2 hours in length.

We welcome residents/fellows from any specialty, and with an interest in any genre of writing (narrative medicine pieces, poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction) as long as it’s written to be read.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30p.m. at the By the Way Café (400 Bloor St W).

If you wish to attend or would like more information, please join our facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1490804187882797/) or email me at jonah.himelfarb@mail.utoronto.ca.

Happy writing!

Jonah

Jonah Himelfarb
Internal Medicine Resident
University of Toronto
Jonah.Himelfarb@mail.utoronto.ca

Visual Ways of Knowing

Visual Ways of Knowing at the McMichael Art Gallery – Fall 2019

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

Objectives

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).

Dates

In two parts:

1) Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 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.

 

Faculty

  • 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; Assistant 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:   emstern@artandmind.net

WITH THANKS TO POST-MD EDUCATION, FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COM

New Narrative Medicine Writing Workshop – Apply Now!

The Program In Health, Arts and Humanities and The Office of  Post-MD Education are pleased to announce:

A Rooster for Asclepius: The Toronto Health Humanities Writing Group*

A new monthly health humanities workshop, focused on improving narrative medicine skills through creative and reflective writing, close reading of health-related writing, sharing and reflection on participant work, and ongoing discussion of the goals and methods of narrative-based medicine.

Physicians and health practitioners from other clinical fields interested in collaborating to deepen their involvement in health humanities are encouraged to apply to join this new group. Space permitting, scholars, practitioners and theorists from arts and  humanities  disciplines with an interest in the culture of medicine and healthcare,  are also invited to apply.

Typical workshop sessions will include some combination of: in-class writing exercises; discussion of a published health-related piece (short story, personal essay, etc.); discussion of theory and practice of narrative medicine as related and experienced by participants; sharing of written work by participants with guided feedback on same; visits by guest speakers working in other artistic genres and cognate fields. There will also be ongoing discussion of and collaboration on related opportunities and events in the health humanities.

This is a workshop rather than a class—an ongoing collaborative effort—and one of the principal aims is to foster a creative and supportive narrative community in the GTA.

Between sessions, reading, writing and discussion will continue via an online forum/discussion board.

Space is limited, so please make sure you can commit to this writing group. Refunds will not be issued.

Time and Location: 

Workshop sessions will be 3 hours in length, held in the evening.

Meetings will take place on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May.

First session: Wednesday September 18, 2019.   Downtown location to be confirmed.

 

Fee:

$200 (membership fee for one academic year). Some spaces for residents and doctoral students will be made available free of charge.

 

Facilitator details:

Damian Tarnopolsky has taught courses in Narrative Medicine at the Centre for Faculty Development at St. Michael’s Hospital for several years, and led writing and reflection workshops for medical students and residents as the Barbara Moon Fellow at Massey College from 2016-19. His books, Goya’s Dog and Lanzmann and Stories, have been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the ReLit Award, among others, and his play The Defence won the 2019 Voaden Prize. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has taught at Humber College and the School of Continuing Studies, where he was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching award. He works at Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial services company in Toronto.

 

How to apply:

Choose a health-related subject and write a 500-1000 word short story, personal essay,  poem/poems, dramatic scene, graphic medicine comic, or a piece in another genre of your choice.  Send your submission as a PDF or Word document to Damian Tarnopolsky at aroosterforasclepius@gmail.com by Monday September 10th, 2019. You will receive a response shortly thereafter.

*About the name of our writing group:

 “Crito, we owe a rooster to Asclepius – pay it. Don’t forget.” – Plato, Phaedo, 118

As he went to face his death after being condemned by the Athenians, Socrates enjoined his friends to make a sacrifice to Asclepius, god of healing. It’s likely that with his last words he meant to say that he was grateful to be cured of the disease of life, and to pass into a realm of truth. It’s possible, however, that he was speaking ironically.

Resident Creative Writing at UofT-next meeting

University of Toronto Residents’ Creative Writing Group

Are you interested in stretching your creative muscles? Looking to refine a creative work for publication?
Or perhaps just to inject a dose of humanities into your medical practice?

The University of Toronto Residents’ Creative Writing Group is here to help!

We comprise of a group of residents and fellows at the University of Toronto interested in sharing and improving our writing. Meetings are held approximately once a month, 2-3 hours in length.

We welcome house staff from any discipline, and with an interest in any genre of writing (narrative medicine pieces, poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction) as long as it’s written to be read.

Our next meeting is on Monday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the By the Way Café (400 Bloor St W).

For this meeting, we will be joined by staff facilitator Dr. Brian Goldman. Dr. Goldman is the author of multiple books as well as the host of CBC Radio’s ‘White Coat, Black Art’. When he is not hosting his radio show, or writing, he works as an Emergency Physician at Mount Sinai Hospital.

If you wish to attend or would like more information, please join our facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1490804187882797/) or email me at jonah.himelfarb@mail.utoronto.ca.

Please email me directly if you are interested in submitting a piece to be workshopped at our next meeting!

Happy writing!
Jonah

Jonah Himelfarb
Internal Medicine Resident
University of Toronto
Jonah.Himelfarb@mail.utoronto.ca

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 bill@mindfulfeeling.ca
Integrating mindfulness-based interventions into emotion-focused therapy

 

TIFF Filmmaking Workshop On Self-Care – April 6, 2019

TIFF Visual Storytelling Workshop

No Cost , But Firm Commitment to Attend Expected Once Registered

Express your creative side and connect with your peers! In this full-day filmmaking workshop, explore the connection between images and words to develop your capacity as a visual storyteller and communicator. Learn how to build a poem, story, or film starting with a single photograph as inspiration.

Participants will work together to create a collective poem about “self care” and then learn creative strategies for translating this poem into a short animated film.

Date: Saturday, April 6th

Time: 10am-5pm

Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W)

Cost: FREE

Please note: space is limited and priority will be given to Residents and Fellows currently enrolled in a post-graduate medical education program. Faculty and learners from other health care disciplines will be added to a wait list and accommodated if space permits (confirmation by April 1).

To secure your spot, please register via email to allan.peterkin@utoronto.ca

Elysse Leonard
Senior Coordinator, Youth + Community Initiatives
In conjunction with WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COM

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square

350 King Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 3X5
Phone: 416.599.8433 ext.2246

email: eleonard@tiff.net
Website: www.tiff.net