Don’t’ Make A Scene: Mixed Media & Medicine goes to the Movies

sent on behalf of Jane Zhao & Conor Mc Donnell

Faculty, students, residents, come one come all. We invite you to join us for an exciting first foray into Film this year. People often discuss their favorite films but less frequently we hear conversation around the Scenes that Mean the Most. What are the standout scenes that shaped your life, contribute to how you engage with your work, your life, your family? Please bring a favorite scene or two for sharing on October 28th at 6:30pm. We are not big on rules but in the interest of safety we do ask the following:

  1. No long scenes: keep them under 2 minutes. We would prefer you bring two or three brief scenes rather than one long one.
  2. Sharing YouTube clips works best but please check the clip beforehand.
  3. Be prepared to discuss why this scene is important: when did you first see it? Who were you with? Why does it speak to you?
  4. No violence or vulgarity: this is not an invitation to make colleagues uncomfortable. While we are not in the business of censorship we will immediately remove inappropriate material.
  5. As always, be respectful; all choices and reasons for such are valid and welcome.

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See you at the movies!

Conor & Jane


Dear Friends (old & new),

The good news is that MMM Rounds is back just in time for the new school year.

The better news is that we are putting a curriculum together for MMM Rounds so you know what we will be discussing well in advance. We are aiming for 8-10 meetings in the next 12 months and we have left two blocks blank for input & content suggestion from you guys. As per last year we will be exploring poetry, film, graphic novels/zines/visual art & other media to provide a safe space for participants to discuss short(ish) representations that address spirit, wellness, resilience, consciousness, and reflection.

Our first meeting will be this coming Thursday (September 23rd) at 18:30 hrs, Eastern Time. Meetings are 1-hour duration and recur the fourth Thursday of every month. (We will create a recurring meeting invite in plenty of time for October & beyond).

Our first meeting this Thursday will comprise (re)introductions and we will spend some time looking at, exploring and sharing Erasure poetry. Feel free to read up on erasure poetry beforehand but that is not a prerequisite requirement, we just want you to turn up and enjoy ourselves.

Hope to see you at our Zoom session:

When: Sep 23, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

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


Conor & Jane

MMM Rounds Update

Dear Friends,

We apologize for the recent cancellations of MMM rounds since entering the third pandemic wave. These recent weeks and months have taken even more energy and resolve than previous months and while we had hoped that MMM might provide a space for rest reflection and recharge, the energy required to organize and lead the charge has proved difficult to maintain in the light of other responsibilities. We are placing a hold on rounds until September in order to allow full recharge over the summer. We also wish to examine ways we can provide a better more reliable space for you all. If you have any comments, queries, advice or requests for MMM we would love to hear them and fold those in to our collective thinking. Wishing you a safe healthy resurgent summer ‘break’

Jane & Conor



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.

And here is the Neruda’s poem in its entirety:

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:

Thanks all,

Conor and Jane


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:


Conor & Jane

New Seminar – Multi Media in Medicine – January 19 🗓


January 19, 2021 at 6pm

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Health & Humanities; Interactive Discussion; Close listening to presentations; Reflective Thought & Writing Prompts


Rady Faculty of Health Sciences  (University of Manitoba) and Temerty Faculty of Medicine (University of Toronto) present :                      

‘Poetry and a Medical Life’ – A Reading and Conversation with Conor Mc Donnell, MD and Bahar Orang, MD 

The AUTHOR MD series is hosted by the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities at the University of Toronto ( ) and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Alan Klass Health Humanities Program and the Office of Educational and Faculty Development at the University of Manitoba.  For more information please contact 

The AUTHOR MD SERIES was created to provide a platform for Canadian physician- writers to share their work broadly and to deepen a conversation on the role of creativity and reflection in a clinical life.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm  CST (Winnipeg)

7:00 – 8:30 pm EST (Toronto)

Authors: Conor Mc Donnell, MD and Bahar Orang, MD
Location: Webinar


Conor Mc Donnell is a physician and poet.  He has published two chapbooks, The Book of Retaliations (Anstruther Press) and Safe Spaces (Frog Hollow Press). He received Honourable Mention for The Fiddlehead’s 2018 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Proze, was shortlisted for the RowArtReview 2019 Charles Bukowski Prize, and was runner-up in the Vallum 2019 Contemporary Poetry Prize.


Bahar Orang is a writer and physician-in-training living in Toronto.  She has a BASc from McMaster University and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto.  She completed her MD at McMaster University, and is now completing specialty training in psychiatry in Toronto.  Her poetry and essays have been published in such places as GUTS, Hamilton Arts & Letters, CMAJ, and Ars Medica.

Please click here to register (first time users will need to complete an online profile/create an account prior to registering).


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If you experience difficulty with the online process, please contact Laurie Driedger at (204) 952-7754, or Karen DePape at (204) 272-3111 or

There is no charge for this workshop.

Please note that OEFD is holding virtual office hours using Zoom.  If you have any questions or encounter any problems moving your course or session online, or would like assistance designing materials for online delivery, you can join us at anytime from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday – Friday.  The password for the room is oefd.

New Seminar – Mixed-Media in Medicine (MMM) 🗓

At the University of Toronto, Narrative Medicine and Arts-based Curricula are staples of Undergraduate Studies in Medicine and increasingly through Residency and beyond. The opportunities afforded for engagement, reflection and social connection enrich and encourage trainees and faculty alike to learn in transformative ways. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many burdens on both learners and practitioners, however, it has also presented us with an opportunity to explore new connections both virtual and visual.

Mixed-Media & Medicine (MMM) – A  New Virtual Narrative Medicine Space Open To All  

Offers a novel discussion space for group learning, reflection and new modes of presentation that are open to all medical learners – student, faculty & staff alike. From our own UofT literary journal ARS MEDICA ( to Zine Archives in Graphic Medicine ( everything in between (Poetry, Comics, YOUTUBES, Monologues, Short Short Stories you name it), we are excited to provide a safe space for participants to discuss short(ish) representations that address spirit, wellness, resilience , consciousness, and reflection.  This is an inclusive environment to which ALL are welcomed and equally valued. Please spread the word amongst all people medical – students, faculty, colleagues, tutors, professors, residents, fellows, undergrads, postgrads. Come one come all !  Join us for the Mixed Media in Medicine (MMM) get-together (beginning November 24th, 2020) from 6 pm until 7. MMM will continue on the second Tuesday of every month starting in January 2021.

The Meeting Itself:
When: Nov 24, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Some Housekeeping:
First, please take a moment to subscribe to our MMM listserv; please send an e-mail message to: and remember if possible to use your email to subscribe. In the BODY of your message, please type the following: subscribe HAH-MMM-L your Firstname and Lastname (Example: subscribe HAH-MMM-L Bruce Wayne). A confirmation request message will be sent to your email account with a confirmation link.

Dr. Conor Mc Donnell, Staff Anesthesiologist 
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
PeriOperative Services Associate Chief for Patient Safety & Quality Improvement
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine Patient Safety & Quality Program Director
Hospital Patient Safety Physician & Medication Safety Physician Lead, The Hospital for Sick Children