Grief, Gratitude, and Meditative Awareness 🗓

Grief, Gratitude, and Meditative Awareness

A reflective writing session for Medical Students, Doctors, Residents, and Health Professionals

When we talk about being grateful, it sometimes feels like an attempt to override the grief we are also living with. Like telling ourselves to eat our peas because they’re good for us, a finger wagging into appreciation. But why is gratitude useful, and how can we experience it while feeling the pain around us and within us? This session uses poetry, conversation, and a meditation practice to tap into the well-being gratitude can sometimes offer, even now.

No experience necessary. Please have a pen and paper, a notebook or whatever you like to write with on hand.

Wednesday April 28, 2021

5:30PM-7PM

You will receive a link when you register

Goals

— Learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on one’s work, relationships, and life

— Listen to poems and experience them as prompts for reflection.

— Engage in a meditation practice aimed at opening the heart in pain

— Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care

 

Workshop leader:

Ronna Bloom is a poet and teacher. Her most recent book, The More, was published by Pedlar Press in 2017 and 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. 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. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing.

Ronna Bloom, M.ED

Poet in Residence, HAH, University of Toronto

Poet in Community, University of Toronto

www.ronnabloom.com 

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

Poetry Month/University of Toronto Health Humanities Event – April 20 🗓

Topic: How Poems Move in the Hospital

Time: Apr 20, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Download flyer: Zoom invite #2
 
Adam Sol has published one collection of essays, How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry and four books of poetry, with a fifth on the way from ECW Press in the Fall of 2022. He is the Coordinator of the Creative Expression & Society Program at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College.

 

 

Dominik Parisien’s debut poetry collection Side Effects May Include Strangers was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in fall 2020 and his work has recently appeared in Maisonneuve, PRISM International, The Literary Review of Canada, This Magazine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and elsewhere. He also co-edited several anthologies, including the Hugo Award-winning Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

With deep artistic roots in dance, it is poetry that has wed Moira MacDougall’s love of movement and rhythm with voice and linguistic performance.  A 10 year family sojourn through the ‘Land of Malady/County of Cancer’ informs her second collection of poems, Vanishing Acts (Pedlar Press, 2019).  Published in Canadian and US literary journals, she is the Poetry Editor for the Literary Review of Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Event curated by: SHANE NEILSON MD
 MFA MA PhD CCFP FCFP
Poet, physician, critic
Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), McMaster University
and member of TEAM NARRATIVE (University of Toronto)
Sponsored by WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COM (University of Toronto)
 

Race, Medicine and Healthcare: Indian Hospitals in 20th Century Canada 🗓

All interested students, faculty, and staff are invited to the next talk in the Hannah History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Speaker Series, sponsored by the Hannah Unit in the History of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. Please find a poster attached.

Speaker:   Dr. Maureen Lux, Department of History, Brock University 

Respondent:  Dr. Amy Montour, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University

Title: “Race, Medicine and Healthcare: Indian Hospitals in 20th Century Canada”

Date:  March 24, 2021

Time of Talk:  1:30 – 3:00pm

Please register for the lecture on zoom using the following link:

https://mcmaster.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvcuytrDorGtalpDsTblCFWjbJBnN_r9ZW 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Talk Description: As Canada embarked on national healthcare programs such as Medicare it also maintained a system of racially segregated hospitals for Indigenous people.  Poorly funded and badly managed, ‘Indian hospitals’ isolated Indigenous people from modern care.  This history exposes some of the twentieth-century roots of racism in healthcare.

Biographies:

Dr. Maureen Lux: Dr. Lux is Professor of History at Brock University.  Her award-winning publications explore the impact of colonization on the health of Indigenous peoples and the role of medicine and the state in maintaining health disparities.  Her latest book with co-author Erika Dyck is Challenging Choices: Canada’s Population Control in the 1970s (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020).

Dr. Amy Montour:  Dr. Montour is a Haudenosaunee woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She has completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Medicine degrees at McMaster University. Amy works clinically as a palliative care physician and as an advocate for Indigenous health. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Site Director for the Grand Erie Six Nations Family Medicine Residency Site, McMaster University.

This talk is co-sponsored by the following: 

  • Hannah History of Medicine Unit
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Indigenous Health Learning Lodge Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • Masters of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Health Science Program (Honours)
  • Department of Anthropology

The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Speaker Series is made possible by an endowment from Associated Medical Services (AMS).

A poster for this talk is attached here.

Cinema Medica – It’s Nothing: Spotlight on Eating Disorders and Mental Health 🗓

Cinema Medica (University of Toronto) presents… It’s Nothing: Spotlight on Eating Disorders and Mental Health

Join us for a virtual screening of the short film IT’S NOTHING, which screened at TIFF 2019. This film utilizes performance, sound, and metaphor to articulate the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of a young woman’s experience with an eating disorder. Following the screening, director Anna Maguire and writer Julia Lederer will participate in a Q&A about their creative process and their mutual interest in the expressive potential of both words and film.

Synopsis: A recent graduate is urged by an impossibly perfect woman to start digging a hole in a nearby park, setting in motion a chain of events that threaten her emotional balance and carefully maintained routines.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6kxMYXHN-k

 
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 6pm to 7pm

How It Will Work: If you register, you will get a link to join us for the screening and discussion.

Cost: FREE!

Please RSVP Here:  https://forms.gle/7zgCTQ1n6a4vReHW9

Guests:

Anna Maguire
Anna is a British/Canadian writer, director and actress. Her directorial work has screened at festivals including TIFF, Palm Springs, PÖFF Black Nights and the BFI London Film Festival where she was nominated for Best Short with Your Mother and I in 2016. She has won awards at The London Short Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Rhode Island, and Underwire among others, was long listed for a BAFTA, and nominated for Best Short at the 2018 London Critics’ Circle Awards. As an actress, Anna recently performed in Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project alongside Salma Hayek, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard and can be seen in the upcoming film Violation by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli. Anna is passionate about film education, especially in under-served communities.

Julia Lederer
I’m a writer. My plays have been acclaimed internationally and produced across North America in places including Los Angeles, Chicago, Alaska, New York, Boise, Toronto, and Paris. I’ve also written film and television. My films continue to screen at festivals worldwide, including The Toronto International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), Cucalorus, Cinequest, Canadian Film Fest, and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma. I worked on the 4th season of Kim’s Convenience as part of CBC’s Emerging Writers Room. I love what words can do. My favourite work to watch, read, and write is imaginative, poetic, and funny. It strives to see and understand our world, often from a sidestep outside it. I also write about feelings a lot, as they tend to drive everything, acknowledged or not.

Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are: A Writing Workshop for Medical Students, Doctors, Residents and Health Professionals 🗓

Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are

A Writing Workshop for Medical Students, Doctors, Residents and Health Professionals

Often in work, and in life, energy moves towards projects and people but there’s little left for your own restoration, especially for those working in health care. In this workshop, through the use of poems and prompts, you will be nudged into writing and reflecting on what sustains you, what you love and what you need. Take this time for yourself as a flicker of possibility of how you might take time for yourself in general.

No experience necessary. Please have a pen and paper, a notebook or whatever you like to write with on hand.

Date and Time:

March 31, 2021

5PM-6:30PM

You will receive a link when you register

Goals

— Learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on one’s work, relationships, and life

— Engage directly with poetry as a tool for expressing challenges and discovering resources

— Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care

Workshop leader:

Ronna Bloom is a poet and teacher. Her most recent book, The More, was published by Pedlar Press in 2017 and 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. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronna

bloom.com

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

NEW SEMINAR-MULTI MEDIA IN MEDICINE (MMM) 🗓

NEXT MIXED-MEDIA & MEDICINE (MMM) SESSION Mar. 16 @ 6:00 pm

Our next meeting (March 16th) will be, yet again, a little different. Taking our cue from poetry and comics, we’ll use MK Czerwiec’s panels of Pablo Neruda’s “Keeping Quiet” as a jumping off point.

https://comicnurse.com/comics/neruda-in-quarantine/

And here is the Neruda’s poem in its entirety: http://quantum.bu.edu/zen/readings/keepingQuietNeruda.html

Neruda in Quarantine | MK Czerwiec
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We’d like everyone to partake in an exercise: creating your own 4-panel comic.

We’ll spend some time during the session making these so no need to create in advance. We’ll instruct you and create accordingly.

Hope to see you at our Zoom session: https://utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscuispz0qHd2cM22zT1QmQa_zg55I-0TP

Thanks all,

Conor and Jane

Physician Wellness Forum TODAY with Dr. Molyn Leszcz: PHYSICIAN AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING: COVID AND BEYOND 🗓

TODAY AT NOON-: Please join us for our inaugural Physician Wellness Forum, a forum for exploration of topics that impact physician engagement, wellness and excellence. 

 Topic: PHYSICIAN AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING: COVID AND BEYOND

Principles to guide self-care and guide leadership in support of our colleagues and their provision of patient care during these challenging times

Presenter:

Dr. Molyn Leszcz., MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA

President, American Group Psychotherapy Association

Professor, University of Toronto, Sinai Health System

Date:         February 17, 2021 via WebEx

Time:         12:00 – 1:30 p.m.    Open Presentation and Discussion

Join from the meeting link
https://camh.webex.com/camh/j.php?MTID=md4baa1c899979ab7c3dce688f246e646

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Join by meeting number:
Meeting number (access code): 185 432 9348
Meeting password: wellness

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NEXT MIXED-MEDIA & MEDICINE (MMM) SESSION – Feb. 16 @ 6:00 pm EST 🗓

Dear friends,

We’ll be hosting our next Mixed-Media & Medicine session on Feb. 16 (Tuesday) @ 6:00 pm.

Diving into the words and image medium this time, we’ll be discussing three works in the field of graphic medicine, or comics and medicine:

Pre-reading is welcome but not required. We’ll offer ample time in the session for discussion.

Hope to see you at our Zoom session:

https://utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscuispz0qHd2cM22zT1QmQa_zg55I-0TP

Cheers,

Conor & Jane

Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant – Call for Proposals February 2021

Post-MD-Education-UofT

Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grants

Dear Colleagues,

Post MD Education continues to offer the Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant in the amount of $5,000 per project proposal, distributed on a semi-annual basis. The first (inaugural) call went out in January 2017 and grants were awarded in June and December in 2017, 2018, 2019 and December 2020.

I am writing to announce the call for the spring 2021 submissions. The submission deadline is March 26, 2021 with grants awarded to the successful applicants in June.

The integration of humanities in medical education curricula has the potential to improve observation skills, self-reflection, and enhance learner competencies in the CanMEDS roles. Projects and proposals may reflect a variety of curricular designs which identify how medical humanities will be integrated into curricula and further enhance CanMEDS competencies.

Each proposal will require a matching funding commitment from the submitting department/division, i.e., if the project budget is $4,500 – a letter from the department chair committing to $2,250 is required. Funding will be provided for a one year period, and applicants must agree to submit a project report at end of the period.

Post MD Education will transfer the awarded funds to the successful applicant’s Academic Department in the Faculty of Medicine. Business Managers will provide Financial Information Services (FIS) account numbers to facilitate this transfer within four weeks of application approval or the funding offer will be withdrawn. The Academic Department will be responsible for the disbursement of funds to the successful applicant.

Attached is further background on the purpose of the grant as well as a template for the application. Please distribute widely.

We look forward to receiving applications for the Medical Humanities Education Grant by March 26, 2021.

Please submit your package by email to Arlene McKinley at arlene.mckinley@utoronto.ca

Sincerely,

Glen

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Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Post MD Education – Postgraduate Medical Education 
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
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UTMJ Vol98 Issue I: COVID-19

The University of Toronto Medical Journal (UTMJ)

New Issue: Vol. 98 No. 1 (2021): COVID-19

The University of Toronto Medical Journal (UTMJ) is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 98, Issue 1 on COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of millions around the world. In this issue, UTMJ invited national and international leaders to reflect on on-going challenges and lessons learned during the world’s response and journey during this pandemic. UTMJ also had the privilege to interview a number of highly respected leaders in the fields of healthcare advocacy, preventative medicine, and education.

In this issue, we have highlighted our 3 award winning articles, alongside a special selection of our commentaries and interviews. We hope you take away from this issue new knowledge of and insights on the COVID-19 pandemic. [Read the full issue here!]

UTMJ-Covid19

To learn more about UTMJ, please visit www.utmj.org.

Creating Space 11: The Edit. Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for Canada’s Annual Health Humanities Meeting – CREATING SPACE

Dear Colleagues,

The Creating Space 11 Conference Planning Committee, based in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador, is pleased to announce the call for abstracts.  Please see attached for details.

Call for abstracts Creating Space 11 – English

Tom Rosenal

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E-mail: cahh-L@mailman.ucalgary.ca
Homepage: https://mailman.ucalgary.ca/mailman/listinfo/cahh-l

New Seminar – Multi Media in Medicine – January 19 🗓

NEW SEMINAR – MULTI MEDIA IN MEDICINE (MMM) – next Zoom

January 19, 2021 at 6pm
 

Sign up at :
 
 
 
Health & Humanities; Interactive Discussion; Close listening to presentations; Reflective Thought & Writing Prompts