Health Humanities Monthly Bulletin






Event Every Wednesday The Health Narratives Research Group (HeNReG) Meets Wednesdays from 4-6 pm at Mount Sinai Hospital info at :
Event March 22, 2018 A Reading and Book Signing By Dr. James Maskalyk, The Art of Medicine Speakers’ Series
“Life on the Ground Floor:
Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine”
Date/Location:  Room 4171 MSB (Medical School Building) , for your March 22nd talk at 630pm.  This lecture hall is located on the 4th floor instead. Folks can take the elevator to 4th floor and locate the room.
Why Are You So Scared? “Other Questions about Poetry, Medicine and Shocks of Mortality”
A conversation with a poet-physician, a poet-patient, and Ronna Bloom, the Sinai Health poet-in residence:
SHANE NEILSON, author of Dysphoria (Porcupine’s Quill
MOLLY, PEACOCK, author of The Analyst: Poems (WH Norton)
Ronna Bloom , author of The More (Pedlar Press)Moderated by Dr. Allan Peterkin Head, the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities, University of TorontoLocation: Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave, 18th Floor AuditoriumDate/Time: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:00-8:00pm
Event April 9, 2018 SYNESTHESIA-  U of T’s ANNUAL ART SHOW FOR FACULTY, ALUMNI AND STUDENTS This year, Synesthesia will be held April 9th, 2018 in the Medical Science Building Stone Lobby. Submissions of original artwork (paintings, photography, computer graphics, poetry, sculpture, or any other form of displayable art) from students, faculty and health practitioners across disciplines make this show possible. n/a
Event April 9, 2018 STORYTELLING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP- Finding Connection Through Medicine-with Dr Dawn Lim Open to medical students , residents and fellows  at no charge.

April 9th, 2018 , at the close of the Synesthesia Art Show: 5-700 pm
Room 2394 Medical School Building

**Maximum number of students is 20. First come , first served.
Because space is limited , please be sure you can commit to attending and
RSVP  to :
Event April 10, 2018 CINEMA MEDICA:
Film: The People of the Kattawapiskak River
Guest: Dr. Lisa Richardson, Indigenous Health Education Co-Lead (University of Toronto)
Tuesday, April 10, 7-9pm, 18TH FLOOR AUDITORIUM ,
Indigenous Health Film Screening + Discussion”The People of the Kattawapiskak River”, a documentary by celebrated Mohawk filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in a James Bay coastal community.  It chronicles the story of how racism and neglect led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for disaster relief.  This film is a critical reminder of the role of social determinants of health such as housing for community wellness, and of how strong Indigenous leaders are advocating for change.   The use of film as a transformative teaching tool in health care education also resonates of Indigenous pedagogies that are grounded in  culture, experience and the wisdom of our ancestors, and foregrounds strengths-based models of change for Indigenous peoples.
Deadline April 13, 2018 Call for Submissions: Mary Seeman Humanities Award: 2018 This award is intended to encourage creative and scholarly activity in the interface between the humanities and issues related to mental illness and emotional well-being. The award is open to students from Dentistry, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Medicine (including undergraduate, residents and fellows), Nursing, Medical Radiation Sciences, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto, as well as students from medical humanities disciplines including literary studies, history, bio-ethics and disability studies.
Event April 19, 2018 THE ART OF MEDICINE CONTINUES: Brian Goldman -“On Empathy” THE ART OF MEDICINE SPEAKERS’ SERIES  CONTINUES- a dynamic new speakers’ series and book signing with physician authors  will be held at the medical school in 2018. Save the dates :

Brian Goldman -“On Empathy” (April 19, 6-8pm), and  Ron Epstein author of “Attending”  (June 1st 1040-noon)

Event April 27-28, 2018 CREATING SPACE VIII The newly inaugurated Canadian Association for Health Humanities now has a website and national/international list-serv :  WWW.CAHH.CA

CREATING SPACE , Canada’s annual Health Humanities Conference will be held before the CCME meeting  at Dalhousie University , Halifax, April 27-28-as a pre-CCME Conference event

Creating Space VIII:  April 27-28, 2018, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Theme: Fostering Critical Thinking Through the Arts and Humanities
•         Teaching and Education
•         Interprofessional Collaboration
•         Engaging Community
Event June 1, 2018 THE ART OF MEDICINE CONTINUES: Ron Epstein author of “Attending” A dynamic new speakers’ series and book signing with physician authors  will be held at the medical school in 2018. Save the date! n/a
Narrative Healthcare Atelier Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
Visiting Keynote Speaker: Ronald M. Epstein, MD

Course Directors: Allan Peterkin, MD & Michael Roberts, MD

Canada’s Only Advanced Training Seminar in Narrative-based Healthcare for Health Practitioners and Educators across Clinical Disciplines
Explore and reflect critically on your clinical practices, challenges, personal and professional growth as health providers using narrative, storytelling and arts-based learning.  This 4 day workshop is designed to help you improve outcomes and to humanize your experiences within complex healthcare contexts. Themes related to relationship-centered care, professionalism, team collaboration and the hidden curriculum will be explored through visual, cinematic and literary texts including fiction, drama and poetry.

This intensive, interactive atelier will apply narrative theory and reflective practice in the contexts of interprofessional patient-centred healthcare, research and education.  It aims to:  enliven your engagement and collaboration as clinicians and educators from all disciplines; support best practices as teachers, clinicians and lifelong learners; transform the paradigm of your daily professional practice with a renewed commitment to the core values of humanistic healthcare.
Announcement n/a ARS MEDICA-A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities The CURRENT issue of ARS MEDICA-A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities  is now available at:
Announcement n/a NATIONAL HEALTH HUMANITIES  EVENTS The newly inaugurated Canadian Association for Health Humanities now has a website and national/international listserv
Event Spring 2018 Looking Through Art: Art and Medicine An AGO Elective for Health Sciences Students and Residents, University of Toronto. This elective will take place at the Art Gallery of Ontario in spring 2018, dates TBD, 6-9PM.  Pre-registration is necessary, and we ask that participants  commit to ALL five sessions.  NO PRIOR ART EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.