Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion/Covid Fatigue in Note Form 🗓

A workshop for Medical Students, Residents and Health Care Professionals

Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion/Covid Fatigue in Note Form

Perhaps you are too overwhelmed to read this. Let’s be brief: this workshop will address the impacts on you — physical, emotional, professional — of living through Covid while 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.

— 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

Time and place: 
Tuesday February 15, 5:30PM-7PM,  You will receive a zoom link when you register. 

Workshop leader: 
Ronna Bloom is a poet and teacher. Her most recent book, The More, was 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 has collaborated with health care professionals, filmmakers, academics, students, spiritual leaders, and architects. A frequent guest in the faculties of Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, as well at teaching hospitals, she brings 25 years of psychotherapy practice to her work as a poet and facilitator.

Ronna developed the first Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health which ran from 2012-2019. 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 and fundraisers in Canada and abroad. Her chapbook, Who is your mercy contact? will be published in March.

Ronna Bloom, M.ED
Poet in Residence, HAH, University of Toronto
Poet in Community, University of Toronto 

To register: Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, Physicians and Learners from other disciplines. Register here.

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