Scars, X Rays, Tattoos and Other Stories of the Body 2.0 🗓

Scars, X Rays, Tattoos and Other Stories of the Body 2.0  

A writing workshop for health care students and professionals

Each practitioner brings a different lens to their patient or client: the word ‘tattoo’ means one thing to the dermatologist and another thing to the radiologist. The surgeon sees a scar, while psychiatrists see scars of a different sort. One listens to the lungs, another the heart. Yet it’s one person. Using poetry and creative writing, we’ll have a chance to express the unique way we each see the person before us. Then come together as a group to see the person again, through all the lenses we bring.

Why 2.0? Last season, in “Scars, Tattoos and Other Stories of the Body” we reflected on the stories our own bodies tell. In 2.0, we’ll look at how we respond as health care professionals to the body of the person before us. It is not necessary to have attended the first one; no experience required.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on work, relationships, and life

2.  Increase awareness of the possible impact of your specialization on the person you are seeing.

3.  Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care

Thursday April 28, 2021  5:30PM-7PM
On Zoom. You will receive a link when you register.

Facilitator: Ronna Bloom
Ronna Bloom is a teacher and author of 6 books of poetry. 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, spiritual leaders, conservationists 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? was published in March.

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.

This session is sponsored by the program for Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

April 6, 2022 – Mentoring and Editing in Poetry 🗓

POETRY MONTH EVENT

Event title:

Mentoring and Editing in Poetry: An Hour of Reading and Conversation between Tolu Oloruntoba and Jim Johnstone

Scheduled event date: 4/6/2022

Poets: Tolu Oloruntoba and Jim Johnstone

Host: Shane Neilson, Team Narrative member of  the Health Arts and Humanities Program at the University of Toronto

Eventbrite Link:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mentoring-and-editing-in-poetry-an-hour-of-reading-and-conversation-tickets-292217178447

Description: Tolu Oloruntoba’s The Junta of Happenstance was awarded the current Governor-General’s Award Winner for Poetry. Jim Johnstone, a noted poet himself, whose Infinity Mirror was just released from Vehicule Press, served as mentor and editor for Oloruntoba at Palimpsest Press. Both poets have experienced periods of illness in their lives. This evening will feature readings from Oloruntoba (who is also a medical doctor) and Johnstone, as well as a conversation held between each other about editorial process and illness. The kind of intimate conversational space created is uncommon in Canadian literature. Time will be preserved for audience questions for two of the most exciting poets currently writing in Canada. 

Sponsors: League of Canadian Poets, Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Health Arts and Humanities Program at the University of Toronto, and the Ontario D/deaf/HoH, Disabled, Mad and Neuroatypical Poetics Festival.

 

 

 

Resilience in Practice – Starting March 12 🗓

A Narrative-based Exploration of Resilience from the CPD

Resilience in Practice – Starting March 12

There are limited spots available for “Resilience in Practice” – a new workshop series designed to explore and understand personal and professional resiliency using narrative-based medicine approaches. This series will take place over five sessions from 10am – 12pm on Saturday mornings from March 12 – July 9, 2022.

Using the work (and wisdom) of five contemporary clinician writers, learners will:

  • Explore clinician memoirs as a foundation for understanding different experiences of resilience.
  • Enhance their understanding of personal and professional resiliency.
  • Deepen their skills as close readers, writers and listeners through practical exercises.

Book excerpts and themes will be used as a springboard for reflections and writing in each session. Come to deepen your learning, enhance your creativity, or find inspiration. Note: The memoirs are a resource to explore these themes and pre-reading is not required.

The group is facilitated by Karen Gold, a narrative medicine facilitator, social worker, and educator.

See the program website for complete details.

Registration link: https://facmed.registration.med.utoronto.ca/portal/events/reg/participantTypeSelection.do?method=load&entityId=3000060&utm_source=Discover&utm_medium=CPD+Website&utm_campaign=CPD+Events+Page

If anyone requires registration assistance, they should email: facmed.registration@utoronto.ca

Continuing Professional Development
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Narrative-Based Medicine – Certificate Program Register today to get started on January 25, 2022 🗓

Using Storytelling to Transform Healthcare

The narratives that patients and practitioners construct together can affect the nature and meaning of health events. Understanding how to listen, give voice to experience, and integrate insights gained from reflection can improve patient care and practitioner fulfillment.

Register now to gain such insights through the Narrative-Based Medicine Digital Certificate Program, starting January 25, 2022.

This unique program offers training in narrative-based medicine skills such as close reading, reflective writing, listening and communication skills.

In eight sessions held over four months, participants will gain abilities in reflectiveness, sensitivity to patients, teamwork and personal creativity, and heightened skills in close reading and reflective and creative writing.

Past Participant Testimonials

“I loved learning with a professional writer. I was introduced to a whole new universe of ideas, jargon and concepts.”

“The practical approach to teaching with theory followed by writing and then by constructive feedback helped me to grasp key concepts quickly”

See the program website for complete details and register to get started in January!

Register Today

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.

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.

Reading The Plague Part Three – January 10 🗓

Reading The Plague Part Three – Next Session this Sunday January 10 at 4pm

 
Dear all,
 
The Plague Plays  Reading Group resumes this Sunday.
 
I’m looking forward to our exploration of Parts 3 & 4 of the Plague!
 
Please don’t worry if you aren’t able to complete the assigned reading as we will read the script version together for part of the time and this provides rich material for discussion whether you’ve read the novel sections or not.
 
I’ve attached a LRB review of the Plague and its contemporary significance. [Jacqueline Rose · Pointing the Finger_ ‘The Plague’ · LRB 7 May 2020]
We’ve delved into the characters of Tarrou and Rieux in previous discussions. This week I would love to focus on an often neglected character – Cottard – the ‘criminal’. Cottard is described as a man who eschews all responsibility to fight the plague. Tarrou goes so far as to call him an “accomplice” of the plague.
 
Considering the plague literally, or as a metaphor as Camus described it, for fascism, what do you think of the way in which Cottard profits from the plague, seems at ease within it.
 
I think it may also be interesting to consider the regime of rules that arise to combat the plague and our own relationships of cooperation, conformity, and resistance..to both the rules and the plague.
 
Looking forward to connecting on Sunday over Camus.
 
Suvendrini Lena
 
Zoom Link
Register in advance for this meeting:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Materials:
1. Camus, The Plague. Stuart Gilbert Trans. Vintage International Edition.  
2. Neil Bartlett, The Plague adaptation for the stage. Oberon Books London 2017 (email Dr Lena for a copy)
You should obtain your own copy of Camus’s The Plague. I will distribute the script for reading together prior to the first session.
Suggested Pre-reading:
Nov 29 – Part 1 pp 1-65
Dec 13 – Part 2 pp 65-165
Jan 10 – Part 3 & 4 pp 165-267
Jan 24 – Part 5 pp 267-308
 
If you have any questions please email to me at suvendrini.lena@camh.ca
 
Suvendrini Lena MD MPH,FRCPC, CSCN (EEG).
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry University of Toronto
Staff Neurologist Geriatric Mental Health Program
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
1001 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1H4
416-535-8501 x 3656