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

SYNESTHESIA Call For Submissions March 17th /EXHIBIT APRIL 8TH STONE LOBBY MSB

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Join us at

Synesthesia 2019: A Healer’s Art, an annual art show organized by U of T Faculty of Medicine, ArtBeat, and the U of T Interdisciplinary Healthcare Faculties.

Please submit your work to: https://goo.gl/forms/YQt1ipfFmd5Q4YkV2 by MARCH 17, 11:59 PM

This event gives students in all healthcare fields the opportunity to showcase their talent by displaying their art. We have artists displaying their work from all healthcare fields including alumni. We are bringing art and humanities into medicine and health! This event is open to all students in healthcare across Ontario. If you are at another university and are interested in participating in our event, please do not hesitate to submit your artwork for us to display!

WHERE: MSB Stone Lobby

WHEN: April 8, 2018 from 9:00am – 5:00pm

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP led by Dr. Dawn Lim: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the medical student lounge

CALIGRAPHY WORKSHOP led by TBD: TBD

ARTIST MEET & GREET from 4:00pm – 5:00pm

ARTWORK PICKUP and RETURNS: 5:00-5:30pm in the Medical Students’ Lounge, MSB

CHECK OUT OUR Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/820805411594198

Poetry at Sinai Health: Upcoming events for April/Poetry Month

Poetry at Sinai Health — 2 Events in April,

National Poetry Month A Writing and Reflection Workshop for Residents, MD Educators and Practitioners

with Ronna Bloom, Sinai Health’s Poet-In-Residence:

Have You Seen the Patient? 

Using reflective writing as a platform, explore what it is to “see” your patient, as a care provider, team member, and as a human being. Have a conversation with yourself and each other about the rich nature of patient-centred collaborative work.

April 10, 2019, 6pm-8pm
Mount Sinai Hospital, OT Room 941

Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent book, The More, (Pedlar Press, 2017) was longlisted for the 2018 City of Toronto Book Award. Ronna is currently Poet in Community at the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence at Sinai Health. www.ronnabloom.com

There is no fee for participation in each workshop, but a firm commitment once registered is expected. Please advise well in advance if you’re unable to attend, as these workshops generally have a wait-list. Inter-professional practitioners are welcome, space permitting.

You can register with: allan.peterkin@utoronto.ca

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A Panel of Poets, Doctors and Educators

OPEN TO ALL:

Why Are You So Scared? & Other Questions about Poetry, Medicine and Shocks of Mortality

A conversation with a poet-physician, a poet-patient, and the Mount Sinai poet-in-residence.

With Shane Neilson, author of Dysphoria (PQL); Molly Peacock, author of The Analyst (Biblioasis); and Ronna Bloom, author of The More (Pedlar Press).

Moderated by Dr. Allan Peterkin, author of Staying Human During Residency Training (University of Toronto Press)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6-9pm
Mount Sinai Hospital, Auditorium, 18th Floor,

SYNESTHESIA ART SHOW and PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP at the UofT Medical School April 8 , 2019

Storytelling Through Photography:

Finding Connection Through Medicine – with Dr. Dawn Lim

Open to medical students, residents , fellows and learners from other clinical disciplines at no charge, but please make a firm commitment once registered.

April 8th, 2019 from 1-2 pm

in the medical student lounge .

Please visit this year’s Synesthesia Art Show prior to or after the workshop!
**Maximum number of participants is 30**

Space is limited. Please be sure you can commit to attending and

RSVP to: allan.peterkin@utoronto.ca

Goals of the photography workshop

  • Learn to appreciate visual cues and the stories behind them through analyzing a series of well-known known photographs
  • How to pitch a story: go behind the scenes of a recent emergency medical photo series by Dr. Lim
  • Discover how photography as a medium for storytelling may be used as a tool for advocacy

If students have their own camera gear, they are welcome to bring it along!

 Biography for Dawn Lim:

 I am an emergency doctor, assistant professor of medicine, and an amateur photographer and writer based in Toronto. I enjoy weaving storytelling into my practice to help me connect to my patients. I feel storytelling builds empathy and is a great way to combine my interests in medicine and the arts. I’m particularly interested in photo-essays depicting motherhood and life in the emergency department.

My website is dawnlimphotography.com

Useful website reference: National Geographic’s Your Shot forum at https://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/782537/

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. 

www.health-humanities.com

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 topgwellness@utoronto.ca

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

    https://mindfulfeeling.ca/about-bill-gayner/

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

Best,

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
www.health-humanities.com

 

Dr. Glen Bandiera
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education