Cinema Medica Screening on Opioid Crisis-November 27

East Hastings Pharmacy: Film Screening and Interactive Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion and screening of East Hastings Pharmacy (2012), which pertains to the opioid crisis in Canada. The screening (approximately 60 mins) will be followed by a panel discussion about the film, the opioid crisis, and the meaning of harm reduction, featuring the filmmaker and clinical experts in the topic (details TBD).

RSVP (free!) here:

Film synopsis
A blend of documentary and fiction, this film chronicles a typical pharmacy of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, where most clients are on a treatment that requires taking daily doses of methadone witnessed by the pharmacist. East Hastings Pharmacy is a site of rituals and repeated interactions where quiet routine and confrontation follow each other in one continuous movement.

This event is happening on November 27, 2018, at 6pm, at 500 University Ave., Room 140. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments and snacks!

RSVP here:

Call for Papers – Creating Space IX

Call for Papers : Creating Space IX CFP CREATING SPACE IX – The Canadian Association For Health Humanities (WWW.CAHH.CA)


APRIL 12-13, 2019

David Braley Health Science Centre, Hamilton ON

Keywords: Health and Health Care; History of Science, Medicine, and Technology; Humanities; Literature; Public Health

Theme: Cultural Humility and Contemporary Medical Practice: (How) Can the Humanities Help?

The British Columbia First Nations Health Authority reminds us that “cultural humility involves humbling acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.” The commitment to active engagement, reflective practice, and lifelong learning has the potential to redefine the outcomes of culturally-focused physician training, rebalance the power dynamics between physicians and patients, and to influence the quality of healthcare provided to a variety of communities, including Indigenous peoples, new Canadians and refugees, and those from a variety of diaspora.

The Creating Space moniker evokes several meanings. It creates space for the humanities in health care. It also reflects the creative approaches at the heart of the humanities. With thousands of papers now generated on the multi-dimensional process of cultural humility in the medical and allied health literature, we now also recognize the way in which the conference’s name inspires us to also consider how the humanities help us create space for each other. To this end, Creating Space IX seeks to answer this question:

How can humanities-based methodologies assist health professional learners and practitioners to develop cultural humility?

In doing so, we invite papers and panel presentations that address the following topics:

1) Cultural humility in Canadian and international medical/allied health practice with regards to racial, sexual, gender, religious, and disability identities.

2) Health humanities methods to inculcate the process of cultural humility (i.e., narrative, improvisational theatre, music, art, digital engagement, etc.)

3) The suitability of the humaniites for meeting the special challenges that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents for practicing with cultural humility with respect to Indigenous populations.

4) Special challenges for cultural humility with respect to immigrant and refugee populations.

5) Cultural humility within normative culture.

6) How can a scholarly humanities approach inform, assist, and radically transform contemporary Canadian health humanities pedagogy?

7) The suitability of humanities-based methodologies for transitioning practitioners from outcome-based thinking to process-based thinking.

The Creating Space conference has always been open to exciting off-topic work that does not strictly adhere to theme. Accordingly, we also invite submissions in an open format but advise that the number of spaces allotted to off-topic contributions will be limited.

Target Audience:

CSIX seeks to include scholars, educations, artists and practitioners whose work involves in the intersection of the arts, humanities, and social science (AHSS) disciplines and health professions.

Learning Objectives:

1. To provide a space to explore, contemplate, and consider the meaning of “cultural humility”.

2. Explore how humanities-based methodologies can inform our understanding of cultural humility.

3. To enable attendees to foster and encourage the adoption of non-biomedical techniques in medical education.

4. To give attendees the means with which to form partnerships with medical and humanities communities in their individual environments.

Types of proposals:

Recognizing the emerging role of AHSS approaches and interdisciplinary scholarship, Creating Space IXoffers authors the opportunity to display creatively their research and educational achievements, experiences and thoughts.

Abstracts may be presented in the form of:

· Research presentation: 20 minutes (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions)

· Novel humanities educational experiences: 20 minutes (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions)

· Panel presentation: 45 minutes ( 30 minutes plus 15 minutes for questions)

· Workshop: 90 minutes (maximum of 25% didactic teaching).

· Pecha Kucha: 20 slides with 20 seconds each slide

· Performance: 30 minutes

· Poster/display presentations

Proposal Guidelines: Please use the abstract submission form (or go to to submit your abstract. Absracts no longer than 300 words (not including works cited).

Deadline for submission : Proposals are due no later than midnight (EST) January 15, 2019.

To Submit a Proposal : All proposals must be submitted to the following address:

*Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed in early February, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: We are excited to announce a peer-reviewed submission process for conference papers will be established after CSIX concludes. Submitted papers may be published in a special CSIX proceedings section of The Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

Conference Registration to open early in 2019.


Accessibility Information: Creating Space is dedicated to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities. We are committed to meeting our current and ongoing obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code respecting non-discrimination. Creating Space understands that obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and its accessibility standards do not substitute or limit its obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code or obligations to people with disabilities under any other law. Creating Space is committed to complying with both the Ontario Human Rights Code and the AODA. People with disabilities are invited to use their personal assistive devices when accessing our goods, services or facililites. We welcome people with disabilities and their service animals. Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public. If a person with a disability is accompanied by a support person, a fee/fare will not be charged for support persons. The David Braley Health Sciences Centre is a fully accessible space with accessible bathrooms, and elevators, and is on a bus route.

The Creating Space conference is part of work done by the recently established Canadian Association of Health Humanities –CAHH– (

By attending Creating Space and becoming a member of CAHH, you are joining and supporting a growing national and international movement focused on increasing understandings and practices about 1) how the humanties can inform health and wellness and, 2) ways health scholarship dialogues with humanties knowledge.


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On the Properties of Things: Collective Knowledge and the Objects of the Museum (25-26 October, Ryerson)

Please find attached a poster for a conference/event, “On the Properties of Things: Collective Knowledge and the Objects of the Museum,” which will take place at Ryerson on 25-26 October.

Details and registration are available through the conference website:

Catherine Ellis, DPhil
Chair | Associate Professor
Department of History
Ryerson University
Ext. 6153 |
Massey Ryerson Visiting Scholar 2017-18

Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant – Deadline – Oct 22

Dear Colleagues,

The deadline has been extended for submission of nominations for the Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant.

Please ensure your nomination package is submitted in a PDF format to by October 22, 2018.


Professor Department of Anesthesia and Vice Dean
Post MD Education – Postgraduate Medical Education & Continuing Professional Development
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dear Colleagues,

As previously announced, Post MD Education has introduced 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 2017, December 2017 and June 2018.

I am writing to announce the call for the fall 2018 submissions. The submission deadline is October 22, 2018 with grants awarded to the successful applicants at the end of November.

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 4 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.

[Download attachment]

We look forward to receiving applications for the Medical Humanities Education Grant by October 22, 2018.

Please submit your package by email to Arlene McKinley at


Professor, Department of Anesthesia and
Vice Dean, Post MD Education – Postgraduate Medical Education & Continuing Professional Development
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Mount Sinai Poet In Residence Events – next week – Oct 15-16

What do you need a poem for?
Ronna Bloom, Sinai Health’s Poet in Residence, will be prescribing poems as part of Healthy Workplace Month.
If you are a patient, a visitor, a clinician, a staff member, or a passerby, come and get a poem for what ails you. Everyone is welcome.

October 15, 2018
Mount Sinai Hospital

RioCan Food Hall

October 16, 2018
Bridgepoint Health

Main floor across from Tim Hortons

For more information or questions, please email

Save the Date – Mindfest 2019

Save the Date!
Mindfest will return on January 24, 2019 from 10 am- 2 pm at Hart House on U of T campus.

This full-day event, open to all, aims to start conversations around mental illness and resilience in fun and interactive ways. Mindfest is a collaboration between the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University and the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Stay tuned for more details!

For More Information and this year’s schedule, please visit:

The Mary Seeman Humanities Award 2019

Call for Submissions: Mary Seeman Humanities WRITING Award: 2019

The Mary Seeman Humanities Award: 2019: Deadline April 12, 2019

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, psychology , 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. The award is based on documented evidence of completed work of artistic and/or scholarly merit that contributes to a better understanding of the human condition. Submissions will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity and relevance to mental health and illness.

Please note only one submission per applicant will be accepted.

The following guidelines are suggested to assist applicants in preparation of their submissions.

1. a) The submission must be sole-authored and previously unpublished. To qualify for inclusion the submission must be:
i. a scholarly essay in the area of humanities and mental illness

ii. a personal memoir, medical illness narrative

iii. a short story

iv. a description of program development that integrates humanities and mental health
All above formats may be illustrated, if appropriate, by drawings, photography or video but the core of the submission must be a well-written narrative
Word content of submitted narratives should be no greater than 4000 words.

If applicants are uncertain about the suitability of a submission, they are encouraged to contact any of the committee members. Submissions will be judged by the committee, with outside consultation where appropriate.

Deadline for submissions is April 12, 2019. The award consists of a certificate and cheque for $ 500.00

Prospective applications and queries should be addressed to:

Dr. Ron Ruskin Department of Psychiatry ( Mount Sinai Hospital 600 University Avenue, Toronto, M5G 1X5

The official launch of the Toronto Physicians Choir ! Come Sing

Dear All,

Thank you for your patience over the past few months! Way back in May, at the initial meeting at the OMA offices, the four of us were tasked with moving this project forwards and I am delighted to report that we are now able to announce the official launch of the Toronto Physicians Choir!

The initial idea for the choir came out of a Doctors’ Lounge event organized by Dr. Harold Pupko on behalf of District 11 of the OMA. We have tried to honor that original vision of a choir open to local physicians and medical students with a variety of previous musical experience and diverse musical tastes. We have also taken note of the feedback we received from our first email to you all. We were very encouraged that even with the minimal information available then, enough people were willing to commit to allow us to move ahead.

Barbara Stubbs and Bill Logan interviewed five stellar candidates for the position of choral director and we feel that we have found the ideal candidate in Paul Genyk-Berezowsky. You can read more about him in the attached info sheet, but he is a multi-instrumentalist who already leads three choirs and has a great vision for this choir.

Mary Lilley, again ably assisted by Bill Logan, has found a great location for our rehearsals at Fairlawn Avenue United Church, near Yonge and Lawrence. It is close to the subway line and has lots of parking nearby. The church leadership has been flexible, supportive and welcoming.

The choice of the evening for our rehearsals was challenging. The feedback from yourselves was that while many people were fairly flexible, four people could not make Tuesdays and four people could not make Wednesdays. We also had to take into account the availability of the choral director and the venue and that is why we settled on Wednesdays. Our sincere apologies to those who could not make the Wednesday slot – we very much hope that you will be able to join us at some point in the future. We plan to meet three times a month from 7.30-9.30pm. Two of the sessions will be for members who have committed to the whole year and want to work on a defined repertoire. The other session (which will usually fall in the middle of the month) will also be open to “pay-as-you-go” singers who are looking for a more informal session of singing.

For info on fees, dates, registration, please contact us at

Claire Middleton for the Toronto Physicians Choir

Mindfulness Training and Research Initiative at Sick Kids, Toronto

The Hospital for Sick Children is conducting a research study and we are recruiting physicians in the GTA to take part in a 5 week mindfulness training program that is part of a PhD research project. This study is being conducted through the Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

The purpose of this research study is to assess the impact of mindfulness training on the wellbeing of physicians.

Why participate?

Mindfulness has been indicated to:

Increase personal wellbeing, work-life balance, resiliency & self-regulation

Decrease burn-out & stress

Positively impact the quality of patient-physician relationships

Build effective communication skills

Significantly add to the growing conversation around the importance of physician wellbeing

Program & participation details

Five 2hr training sessions held onsite at SickKids Hospital

Participants can select an option from several days/times

• As part of the study, participants will be asked to complete pre- and post-surveys, as well as participate in a post-program qualitative interview either onsite at SickKids or over the phone (exact times will be coordinated with participants within three weeks of their final program session)

If you are interested in participating in this training program and study, please click on the link below to register or email us at mindfulresearch@utoronto.cato receive further details.


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Participation in any research study is voluntary. Your decision to not participate will not affect your relationship to SickKids. If you decide to participate in this study, you can change your mind at any time without giving a reason.

Interested but not sure if this is for you? We want to connect! Please reach out to learn more about the program before making a commitment.

Thank you for your time,

Elli Weisbaum

PhD Candidate & Research Coordinator

Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Department of Neuroscience & Mental Health, SickKids Hospital

Art Gallery of Ontario Elective Opportunity

An opportunity to view and make art through the lens of the body

What story does art tell of the body and our relationship to it? Through a mix of gallery tours, discussion, and drawing classes, this course provides an introduction to how art can help us think about the body, and our social engagement with the body. We aim to foster a discussion about the intertwined history of medicine and the visual arts, and to encourage ‘critical’ looking.

This course is co-led by AGO’s artist-instructor Kerry Kim together with Allison Crawford and Lisa Richardson.

Course Dates: October 11, October 25, November 8, November 22

Course Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm

Eligibility: No art experience necessary. All course attendees must be a current University of Toronto student.

Cost: There is no cost for the course. Thanks to funding from Post-MD Education at the University of Toronto.

$10 for materials. Materials will be available to purchase and pick up the week of the course at:

Aboveground Art Supplies

74 McCaul Street

Toronto, ON M5T 3K2

Registration-For Medical learners Only:

To register go to eventbrite:

Please be sure to register through this eventbrite link and NOT through the Art Gallery of Ontario website. Kindly bring a copy of your “Free” ticket on Thursday October 11th along with your materials.

*Note: There is a limited number of seats for this course. Please register as soon as possible!

For more information please visit:

Please address queries to:

Allison Crawford MD PhD FRCPC

Visual Ways of Knowing at the McMichael Gallery

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


Eligibility To Participate:

No art experience necessary.  All materials, including entrance fee, provided thanks to funding from Post-MD Education at the University of Toronto.

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.

You must commit firmly to attending both parts of the workshop (see below). For more information and to register:

Goals :
This two-part workshop will address learners’ needs for:

  • – critical thinking
  • – mental and emotional flexibility
  • – awareness of preconceptions/biases
  • – practice in disrupting assumptions
  • – alternatives to judgment/self-judgment
  • – fostering reflective capacity
  • – observational acuity/visual literacy


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.


Dates – In two parts:
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10am to 3:30pm
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg


Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:30pm
Private Collector’s home
35 Owen Blvd, Toronto

Michael J. Weinberg MD MSc BSc FRCS(C), Plastic Surgeon; Board Member, McMichael Gallery
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