NARRATIVE- BASED MEDICINE LAB : CPD-UTORONTO OFFERINGS

Learners from ALL clinical, humanities, social sciences  and arts-based disciplines are welcome to register.

Foundation in Narrative Based Medicine (Certificate Program)

October 2022 – February 2023

Jointly led by an expert in narrative-based medicine and an accomplished writer, both of whom have extensive experience working with health professionals, this intensive program is taught in two parts: the first focuses on the theory and practice of narrative-based medicine, with the second seeking to improve learners’ creative and reflective skills as writers and readers. The program is Canada’s only virtual intensive certificate program in narrative-based clinical practice. Domestic and international learners across all disciplines are welcome.

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Self-Compassion and Self-Empathy: Mindfulness Meditation in Life and Professional Practice

October 22, 2022

This two-part workshop explores different aspects of mindfulness and approaches to reflection, well-being and resilience. Each 1. 5 hour session will help learners develop an enhanced understanding of the link between mindfulness and resilience. Practical tools and resources will also be shared. The workshops will be taught by Bill Gayner and Sarah Kim, two experienced clinicians and mindfulness practitioners.

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An Introduction to Visual Narrative: An Art Gallery Workshop

October 29, 2022

This workshop introduces learners to a spectrum of ways of engaging with visual art in an art museum context. Through exercises of close looking, guided drawing, and reflection, learners will approach art via its basic utterances of colour, line, and pattern to develop an appreciation of forms of expression and witnessing. Through an exploration of narrative artwork, learners will also develop a relationship to visual story-telling and its value for professional and personal growth. The workshop combines practices of relational aesthetics and graphic medicine to enrich learners’ visual literacy, capacity for reflection, and appreciation for the relevance of visual art to the practice of medicine.

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Practicing Narrative-Based Medicine in Real Life – Half-Day Master Class

November 19, 2022

Taught by Allan Peterkin and Michael Roberts, this half-day master class offers a deeper dive into the practical applications of Narrative-Based Medicine for your patients, for your practice, and for yourself. Learn about the fascinating history of Balint Groups, how to encourage patients/clients to write about their healthcare experiences, and further strategies for collaborative story-telling with patients/clients.

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Advanced Creative and Reflective Writing Workshop for Health Practitioners

November – December 2022

This four-session series is designed for writers with some experience seeking to improve their creative and reflective writing skills. Each session will focus on a particular literary genre (e.g. memoir, fiction, poetry) and feature brief lecture, small group discussion of published work, and an ongoing conversation about themes and questions in creative and reflective writing within the health humanities. Activities and exercises in every session will offer participants a space to write, read, try out new methods and approaches for prose and poetry, give each other feedback, and share and hone work with peers in a safe and encouraging environment. Offered via Zoom, sessions last 2.5 hours and take place every two weeks; in between, an online forum will allow for continued collaboration and connection.

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THE NARRATIVE-BASED MEDICINE LAB 

Continuing Professional Development
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

500 University Avenue, 6th floor, Toronto, ON, M5G 1V7
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Health, Arts & Humanities – IPE CERTIFICATE-APPLY NOW!

Interprofessional Health, Arts & Humanities Certificate Program

Are you a health professions student at the University of Toronto?

Are you interested in the arts, or are curious to know how they can make you a better health professional?

Apply now for the Interprofessional Health, Arts & Humanities Certificate program!

-> 30 spots
-> 3 instructors
-> 1 certificate

Deadline extended!
extended deadline -Health, Arts & Humanities callout!
Applications are open until September 25 @11:59pm EST

Health Narratives Research Process (HeNReP)

NARRATIVE-BASED RESEARCH SEMINARS -ALL ARE WELCOME

Format: Responding to multi-session writing prompts in a one-on-one online format with a facilitator

Title of Sessions: Health Narratives Research Process

Dates/Times: Decided individually based on the schedule of the participant

Location: Online in a private Facebook group set up individually between the facilitator and the participant

3-5 line description with 2-3 learning goals:

Description: The Heath Narratives Research Process (HeNReP) is a free, non-credit, open-discipline, non-hierarchical process that has been offered in association with the Health, Arts and Humanities Program of the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Toronto since 2015 as the Health Narratives Research Group (HeNReG) from the first week in October to the last week in April. What differentiates the HeNReP from the previous HeNReG is that it is not tied to the yearly calendar or to a group as the process is available to individual participants at any time throughout the academic year.

Learning Goals: The aim of the process is to help health researchers reduce the burnout that often develops in relation to engaging in their research. This is accomplished by the participant and the facilitator participating in multi-session online structured writing exercises that attempt to order their thinking processes regarding their research related to health.

Information on how to rsvp to you and how to join your session: The facilitator/founder/originator is Carol Nash PhD, Scholar in Residence, History of Medicine Program, Department of Psychiatry, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. To learn more about the HeNReP and to set up a HeNReP with the facilitator, please contact Dr. Carol Nash at carol.nash@utoronto.ca.

Medicine Through the Lens of Photography: Empathy, Advocacy, Compassion through Storytelling

Humanities in Medicine—A Photography Elective For Medical Students
Medicine Through the Lens of Photography: Empathy, Advocacy, Compassion through Storytelling

Instructor-Dr Dawn Lim, Photographer In Residence, The Program In Health, Arts and Humanities (www.health-humanities.com)

To register/obtain scheduling details, please contact :
dawn.lim@utoronto.ca

Please be sure you can commit to attending all sessions (see dates below), as places are limited.

Learning Goals:

  • Explore background on the culture of medicine as seen in the literature
  • Behaviours such as bullying, harassment, favoritism, perfectionism (imposter syndrome), cynicism, and productivity as self-worth are common in medicine and are grounded in shame. These have contributed to burnout especially during the pandemic.
  • Provide medical students with the chance to explore a theme of shame in their medical practice through the medium of photographic storytelling

Agenda:

  1. September 22th (2 hour):
    · get to know everyone
    · please bring samples of the work you wish to share as well as your camera so we can have a sense of your style and voice
    · general discussion on what our collective work might look like
  2. October 20th  (1 hour):
    · group decision on the WHY of the photo essay
    · choose a meaningful theme for the group and how we might show those themes visually
  3. Nov 17th  (1 hour):
    · How to craft a meaningful photo essay—an exploration of themes and characters
  4. November and December will be for individual photography time
  5. January 19, 2023 (2 hours):
    · sequencing (at least one week before, please send me at least 5 jpeg files with the work you wish to submit)
    · as a group we will start the wonderful process of sequencing, selection, and
    composition of our collective photo essay
  6. February 16th  (2 hours): part two sequencing
  7. Printing–our end result will be 10-15 high quality prints to present at Synesthesia, the annual Faculty of Medicine art show.

Duration of Elective:

  • 8 hours of  instruction time plus independent time for photographing own vision of the chosen theme

Deadline and Key Details:

  • Students need access to their own camera (preferred) though smartphone may be acceptable if high resolution
  • Need to sign up early in the fall since the off hours creation time for photography may fall outside

Dr. Dawn Lim, BSc, MD, FRCP(C), MBA, Certificate of Digital Photography, Certificate of Creative Writing (candidate), Clinician Teacher and Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine

Health & Humanities film : The Choreography of Care

PREMIERE IS TODAY (Feb 16) !

Experience this short dance film tribute honouring the dedication and sacrifice of healthcare workers throughout the challenging times of the pandemic and beyond: https://youtu.be/kYT-K9FsRMo

To acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice of healthcare staff throughout the pandemic and beyond, Dr. Sarah Kim spearheaded this film project in collaboration with staff from all three sites at Unity Health Toronto, including St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Healthcare. The film was made possible by the generous and enthusiastic participation of staff across all three sites and the support of the Joy Fund at Unity Health Toronto. The diversity and strength of our community is clearly reflected in this work and we could not be more proud to stand together as a unified team in our commitment to keeping healthcare alive.

About the film

The Choreography of Care is a collaborative tribute honouring the perseverance, dedication and sacrifice of all frontline workers, with a special focus on healthcare. The film features real-life healthcare professionals performing familiar, everyday routines with novel purpose, to the everyday sounds of their work environment. The Choreography of Care highlights the communities of support within healthcare, the diversity and resilience of the people, putting a human face to a place where many are feeling forgotten. It is an homage to what it means to be a frontline worker in 2021 and beyond.

How the film was made

The Choreography of Care invited all staff at Unity Health Toronto to think about their profession in new ways and collaborate as a team towards a creative goal. The soundtrack for this film was generated using “found” sound in the work environment, sounds heard every day. The intention of this film was to acknowledge the human value of frontline workers, not only in their roles, but also as people. The hope was that the collaborative process of creating this film would increase a sense of connectedness across all three sites, while bringing joy and pride to not only those involved, but to the entire community at Unity Health Toronto and beyond.

Core Team:

Concept by: Christy Stoeten | Sarah Kim, MD
Director/Editor…Sonia Gemmiti
Producer… Sarah Kim, MD | Christy Stoeten
Director of Photography…Katie Cooper
Composer… Danielle Goudge, RN
Choreography… Christy Stoeten | Sarah Kim, MD
1st Assistant Camera…Yuri Markarov
Colourist…Matthew Barnett
Sound Engineer…Mark Rozeluk

 

Questions?

Email dr.kim@alumni.utoronto.ca
Instagram: @sarahkim_md

Two Poetry Workshops and a poem

Hello, welcome,

I have two workshops to share with you. And a poem.
These offerings come with my best wishes
for your health and strength.

Ronna

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

A workshop for medical students, physicians, residents, and other health practitioners.

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.

Sponsored by The Temerty Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto.
February 15, 5:30PM-7PM
Register here

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As part of The Winter Solstice Series
curated by Hard Feelings, I will be offering the workshop

Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are

Often in work, and in life, energy moves towards projects and people but there’s little left for your own restoration. 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.

This session is part of the Winter Solace FREE online series. For individuals who are feeling isolated, struggling to find supports, and interested in developing new ways of coping.

CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION:

• Self-identify as financially vulnerable

• In need of mental health and/or well being supports

• Live in the GTA

• Ages 18+

Register Here.

For info on other sessions in the series, contact Kate Scowen

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Lastly, here’s a new poem.
“An Excruciating Blue Day” was published in The Malahat Review

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Thanks for taking the time.
ronna

MAA-CREMS Research Awards-Apply Now

 MAA-CREMS Research Awards in the Humanities, Social Sciences & the History of Medicine

The following is sent on behalf of the Medical Alumni Association in collaboration with the Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) Programs.

The Medical Alumni Association in collaboration with the Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) Programs would like to invite you to participate in the MAA-CREMS Research Awards in the Humanities, Social Sciences & the History of Medicine. This opportunity will be offered to first and second-year as well as MD/Ph.D. students. Funding is fully provided by the program.

PLEASE SEE ATTACHMENT FOR DETAILS ON APPLYING FOR STUDENT FUNDING OR BECOMING A SUPERVISOR FOR A CREMS PROJECT.

Queries to: crems.programs@utoronto.ca

Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant – Call for Proposals January 2022

Dear Colleagues,

Postgraduate Medical 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.

I am writing to announce the call for the spring 2022 submissions. The submission deadline is March 25, 2022 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.

PGME will transfer the awarded funds to the successful applicant’s Academic Department in the Temerty 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 25, 2022.

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

Sincerely,

MEREDITH GIULIANI (She/Her/Hers) MBBS, MEd, PhD, FRCPC, DRCPSC
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

COMING THIS FALL (2022) – PHOTOGRAPHY ELECTIVE FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

Humanities in Medicine—Photography Elective

Medicine Through the Lens of Photography: Empathy, Advocacy, Compassion through Storytelling

Dr. Dawn Lim, BSc, MD, FRCP(C), MBA, Certificate of Digital Photography, Certificate of Creative Writing (candidate), Clinician Teacher and Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine

Email: dawn.lim@utoronto.ca  for more information

Zoom link will be specific to sessions

Learning Goals:

  • Background on the culture of medicine as seen in the literature

o   Behaviours such as bullying, harassment, favoritism, perfectionism (imposter syndrome), cynicism, and productivity as self-worth are common in medicine

o   Dr. Brené Brown (a grounded theory researcher expert in shame and vulnerability) has mapped out the elements of shame. The above behaviours, which we see in medicine, are all shame-based since they all exist when empathy does not co-exist

  • Storytelling is an excellent tool for connection and reflection. I wish to pilot a story-based photography elective to give undergraduate medicine trainees a chance to explore a theme of shame in their medical practice.
  • Goals:

o   Workshop#1 (1 hour): open discussion with medical students about the pervasiveness of shame culture in medicine, what is shame, how does it manifest

o   Workshop #2 (1 hour): discussion about how visual storytelling can be a powerful medium for advocacy work

o   Workshop #3 (2 hours): how to design a photo essay

  • As a group, we will choose one theme of shame to explore through photography
  • We will also go through tips on how to craft a visual story
  • Students will then be encouraged to create their own photographs

o   Workshop #4: feedback and critiques

  • 3 x 1 hour long online opportunities to critique photographs created by the students that can illustrate this concept of shame in medicine.
  • This will be done approximately every six weeks with dates decided by majority of the group
  • Critiques will be amongst students with feedback from 1-2 photographer/doctors with experience in publishing/photo-essays
  • Create a group photo essay to share at the  Synesthesia Art Show

Duration of Elective:

o   8 hours instruction time plus independent time for photographing own vision of the chosen theme

Deadline and Key Details:

o   Students need access to their own camera (preferred) thought smartphone may be acceptable if high resolution

o   Need to sign up early in the fall since the off hours creation time for photography may fall outside of the elective

HUMANITIES FUNDING FOR PGME INITIATIVES DEADLINE OCTOBER 15TH

Dear Colleagues,

Postgraduate Medical 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.

I am writing to announce the call for the fall 2021 submissions. The submission deadline is October 15, 2021 with grants awarded to the successful applicants in December.

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.

PGME will transfer the awarded funds to the successful applicant’s Academic Department in the Temerty 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 October 15, 2021.

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