Health Humanities event: the poetry of psychosis 🗓

Join the League of Canadian Poets and the Canadian Association for Health Humanities for the latest session in the Cross Pollinations Virtual Rounds Series!

When: Wednesday, October 27, 6pmEST/3pmPST

Topic: The Poetics of Psychosis

Speakers: Bahar Orang (physician and poet) and Khashayar Mohammadi (poet)

Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqde2vqj0sEtYaQfM3sScnBJbE8rl2F0_A

The Poetics of Psychosis: Join us with poet Khashayar Mohammadi, drawing on his experiences with psychosis, and poet-physician Bahar Orang, drawing on her psychiatry training, for an integrated discussion on poetry and medicine as they relate to medical cultures and discourses of psychosis.

Bahar Orang is a writer and physician-in-training living in Toronto. Where Things Touch: A Meditation on Beauty is her first book.

Khashayar Mohammadi is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer and Translator. He is the author of four poetry Chapbooks. His debut poetry collection Me, You, Then Snow is out with Gordon Hill Press.

The Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets are partnering to deliver a series of monthly rounds focused on health, arts and humanities. These live sessions will feature both artists and professionals in the Health Humanities field for a multi-faceted conversation about topics related to healthcare, art, healing, and humanities.

This series is ideal for people in arts communities, poets and writers, as well as those working in healthcare.

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12  Mainpro+® credits.

ARTS AS RESEARCH-LEARNING ARTS-BASED METHODS 🗓

Arts as Research: using the arts to  research communication

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For medical and healthcare students at all levels

Arts as Research is a series of 2 sessions (1 Fall, 1 Winter) exploring arts-based research methodologies and its value in healthcare.

Arts-based research (ABR) is the use of artistic practice, such as theatre or photography, as a means to collect, analyze, and communicate research (Leavy, 2015). Sessions will offer an introduction to ABR and illustrate how it has been used for research communication, development of policy, social engagement, pedagogy, and reflective practice. Join us to imagine how you can share your research through art.

Learning goals:
– Experiment creatively with artistic practices.
– Learn and engage with the process of creating arts-based research.
– Identify how the arts can be used for advocacy, research communication, reflection, and dialogue.
– Define arts-based research and identify its role within the health humanities and healthcare.

Facilitated by: Hartley Jafine
Instructor & Facilitator, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and Arts & Science Program
Lecturer (Part-Time), Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University

Session Dates
Session A – October 20, 2021 OR November 23, 2021
(Session A is the same session, offered twice)
Session B – February 8, 2022 OR March 15, 2022
(Session B is the same session, offered twice)

Time: 7:00-8:30PM (EST)
Join for one or both sessions

To register: contact jafine@mcmaster.ca

Hartley Jafine (he/him)
Facilitator, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and Arts & Science Program
Lecturer (Part-Time), Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University
Communication Coach
Post MD Education – Postgraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Interprofessional Arts-Based Learning Specialist
Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care
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Art is Patient: exploring visual arts + relationships in health care 🗓

For medical and healthcare students at all levels

Art is Patient is a series of 3 seminars to explore visual art in a museum context, as an analogue to meeting patients in our offices.

The course introduces learners to a series of fresh steps to see art objects. Through facilitated looking, talking and mark-making, it offers an enlightening way of meeting and understanding the people we work with. The approach recognizes that we don’t need background knowledge – any specialized education — in order to learn to get to know objects and Others in a humane and meaningful way.

The seminars turn a group of learners and a museum into a dynamic lab for visual literacy. In each of three linked sessions, the educator leads the group in engaging with one or two pieces of artwork with openness, curiosity, creative collaboration, and humility.

Learning goals:

Sharpened technical abilities such as close observation, diagnostic acumen, pattern recognition and the perception of non-verbal cues

Enhanced cognitive skills, such as description and interpretation (and understanding the distinction between them), critical thinking, and metacognition

Enriched interpersonal skills with both patients and colleagues, such as collaboration, social awareness and cultural sensitivity

Furthered professional growth: professional identity formation and the nurturing of humanistic qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity, creativity and enhanced self-reflection.

 

Facilitated by Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA
Art Psychotherapist, Adjunct Faculty Dept of Psychiatry, Specialist in Arts-based Education

2021 Fall semester: Wednesdays November 3, 10, 17

4:00pm to 5:30pm at the Royal Ontario Museum (tickets provided; double-vaccination required)

Limited enrolment! This is an in-person small group experience. Attendance at all 3 seminars required to participate

To register: contact evamarie.stern@utoronto.ca

Health Humanities POETRY event with Hsien Seow and Shazia Hafiz Ramji 🗓

Join the Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets on Wednesday, September 29, at 6:00pm EST for the September edition of Cross-Pollinations, with Hsien Seow of McMaster University and poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji.

The Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets are partnering to deliver a series of monthly rounds focused on health, arts and humanities. These live sessions will feature both artists and professionals in the Health Humanities field for a multi-faceted conversation about topics related to healthcare, art, healing, and humanities.

In this ground-breaking new series, health humanities and poetry come together under the same scope, combining artistic expression with health practice and research. The conversations of Cross-Pollinations will illuminate new and emerging insights and perspectives on healthcare opportunities and challenges, healthcare approaches and advances, as well as build bridges of connection between health professionals, humanities and the arts.

This series is ideal for people in arts communities, poets and writers, as well as those working in healthcare.

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12  Mainpro+® credits.

Our August event with a presentation from Zamina Mithani, Nancy Duan, and Karen Wang of the University of British Columbia, with a reading from poet Conyer Clayton, was absolutely delightful. If you couldn’t make it, or want to revisit the event, you can now watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTMxznw60W8&list=PLA4LWs4tY9GBY4FchwaJwwDdnsJq-aa8H&index=5

Our September event next week also promises to be very exciting. Join us for a presentation from Hsien Seow of McMaster University, discussing the health care podcast The Waiting Room Revolution.. Hsien Seow, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, McMaster University and the Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation. His interests are to improve the experience of facing serious illness for patients and families. Funded research focuses on provider education, home care interventions, and patient-family experience. He earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a BSc from Yale University. His research website is www.palliativecareinnovation.com. He is the co-host of the popular health care podcast The Waiting Room Revolution, a public facing education about a re-imagining of palliative care, with a new season launching in September 2021.

Hsien will be joined by poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji, who will read following his presentation. Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s writing has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019Maisonneuve, and is forthcoming in Event and Canthius. Shazia was named as a “writer to watch” by the CBC, and her poetry and prose have been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of Port of Being, a finalist for the 2019 Vancouver Book Award, BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is a co-editor for Watch Your Head, an anthology on the climate crisis and is at work on a novel.

We look forward to seeing you next week on Wednesday, September 29, at 6:00pm EST!

Cheers,

Nic Brewer
League of Canadian Poets

Sinai Health – Psychiatry Grand Round June 25, 2021 🗓

SINAI HEALTH

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY

GRAND ROUNDS

Buddhist & Western psychological models of the self and their uses in psychotherapy

Presenter:

Nicolas Beaulieu, MD, FRCPC, MA

Buddhism & Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinical Fellow, University of Toronto

Date:  Friday, June 25, 2021

Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom

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Learning objectives:

  • Describe a Buddhist model of the self, including the concept of anatta
  • Describe models of the self from psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral, and acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Gain familiarity with a framework to navigate problems related to the self
  • Critically reflect on possible Buddhist contributions to psychotherapy

Next Grand Rounds:  September 10, 2021

History of Medicine Event – June 17 (Toronto Western Hospital) 🗓

I’m excited to announce an upcoming history of medicine event, organized by the Health History Interest Group in collaboration with the Art of Medicine program within the HoPingKong Centre, UHN.

Through a shared passion for the history of medicine and medical humanities, the Health History Interest Group was formed in 2020 by UHN-MSH Clinical Assistant Dan Petrescu and University of Toronto trainees Imaan Kherani (2T3) and Ariel Gershon (R2 Anatomic Path.).  The group aims to foster mentorship, scholarship, and collaboration in the medical humanities across Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Toronto and beyond.

Recently, a number of medical students presented oral abstracts at the University of Calgary History of Medicine Days Conference.  Please join us as they share their work with peers and faculty:

History of Medicine Presentations

Thursday June 17th @ 7pm

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87882223967

Meeting ID: 878 8222 3967

See attached for more details:  [History of Medicine Event_June2021]

Thanks,

Sarah

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Sarah Meilach
Administrator
The HoPingKong Centre – CEEP
Toronto Western Hospital – UHN
399 Bathurst Street, EW 8-427B
Toronto ON, M5T 2S8
(T) 416-603-5800 x 2936 (F) 416-603-6495
www.TheHoPingKongCentre.com

Temerty Medicine Talks – June 18, 2021 🗓

The Age of Anxiety

After more than a year of adjusting to life during a pandemic, it can often feel like our individual and collective anxiety levels are spinning out of control. Yet, is worry always harmful?

Delve deeper into UofTMed magazine's upcoming "Possibilities" issue in the next offering in our popular Temerty Medicine Talks series. Join the Globe and Mail's André Picard and Temerty Medicine clinicians and scientists Kymm Feldman, Jodi Lofchy, Sanjeev Sockalingam, and Trisha Tulloch as they discuss healthy worry in the context of individual well-being, relationships, and medical practices, as well as techniques for living with anxiety in our daily lives.

Friday, June 18, 2021
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. (EDT)
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Kindly register by June 17th. You will be able to access the online event via your mobile or desktop device. Log-in details will be provided before the event to all registrants.

Can’t join live? [REGISTER] to receive the recorded webinar to watch at your convenience.

Dr. Kymm Feldman

Dr. Kymm Feldman

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Feldman is a family physician at Women's College Hospital and the Director of the Women's Health Enhanced Skills Program in U of T’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has won local and national awards for her work in medical education in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, faculty development and mentorship.

Dr. Jodi Lofchy

Dr. Jodi Lofchy

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Lofchy is an emergency psychiatrist at Unity Health Toronto’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre, where she serves as both the Department of Psychiatry’s Interim Chief and Medical Director, as well as Service Head of Adult Acute Care Psychiatry. She is also Chair of the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Section of Emergency Psychiatry and has published widely in the area of best practices in emergency and medical education.

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam

Vice-Chair and Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Sockalingam is the U of T Department of Psychiatry’s Vice-Chair as well as Vice President, Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In addition to working as a clinician-scientist focused on obesity and mental illness, he also serves as Co-Chair of the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario Mental Health.

Dr. Trisha Tulloch

Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Dr. Tulloch is an adolescent medicine specialist who provides consultation within the Child, Youth and Emerging Adult Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also an associate staff physician in the Hospital for Sick Children and Scarborough Health Network’s Centenary Hospital, as well as Vice-Chair for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Area of Focused Competency in Addiction Medicine.

On September 24, 2020, U of T announced an unprecedented $250-milllion gift from James and Louise Temerty and the Temerty Foundation in support of the Faculty of Medicine and our community’s collective vision. The Faculty is proud to bear the Temerty name in recognition of their generous support.

As the research and educational hub within Toronto's robust health sciences network, the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine is uniquely positioned for impact – advancing health and health care in Canada and beyond.

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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.

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

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Arts-Based Research with Hartley Jafine 🗓

Arts-Based Research with Hartley Jafine

Join us to learn how you can share your research through artistic methods. Arts-based research is the use of artistic practices (theatre, photography, poetry, etc.) to collect, analyze, and communicate research (Leavy, 2015). These lectures will offer an introduction to arts-based research methodologies and identify its value in medicine and healthcare. Participants will explore the basics of arts-based research methods and will investigate how one can use this methodology in future research. The lecture will discuss examples of arts-based research in healthcare and how it has been used for research communication, development of health policy, teaching, and reflective practice. No previous arts experience required.

Dates: Tuesday November 24, 2020 and Tuesday January 26, 2021*, from 6-730 pm EST

*Signing up confirms attendance at both November 2020 and January 2021 sessions.

RSVP: Jafine@mcmaster.ca

Goals of the Sessions:

  1. Define and offer an introduction to arts-based research methods and verbatim theatre.

  2. Demonstrate how arts-based research and verbatim theatre can be used as a tool for research communication, development of health policy, teaching, and reflective practice.

  3. Engage and experiment with arts-based research as a methodology and explore how one can use it in future research.

Hartley Jafine
Facilitator, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and Arts & Science Program
Lecturer (Part-Time), Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University
Communication Coach
Post MD Education – Postgraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Interprofessional Arts-Based Learning Specialist
Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care
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Awake at Work 🗓

Awake at Work 

Writing into Presence for Medical Students, Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals

In this session, use writing to explore how simply showing up and attending to your own experience is the starting point for attending to others. Through guided exercises, you’ll have the opportunity to notice your personal, professional, and physical responses –– whether you’re at a desk, in the community, or in a hospital room –– and to write about them in a reflective, open, non-evaluative way. See how being awake to yourself might help you be awake at work. No experience is necessary.

Goals

  • Learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on one’s work, relationships, and life.
  • Engage with poetry as a tool for understanding and expressing challenges
  • Increase awareness of the impact of the professional on the personal, and the personal on the professional
  • Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care
 

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 6PM—7:30PM, Online

 
Ronna Bloom is the author of six 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, 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, fundraisers and local fairs in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronnabloom.com
 

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/awake-at-work-writing-into-presence-for-residents-students-physicians-tickets-122553399517

Art is Patient seminar series-Visual Literacy Training 🗓

Art is Patient

November 2020 (online)
This 3-part seminar guides Medical Students, Residents , Physicians and Other Health Professionals in :
·    close observation of art
·    group reflection and
·    art-making
within the art galleries and museums of the world (via virtual visits), to let art tell us what we need to know about seeing, witnessing and engaging in the context of care. The art gallery allows objects and images to clarify the doctor-patient relationship in ways the clinic can’t, giving us space to question and understand our roles with one another without the usual pressures to know or perform or explain.
 
Goals
·    Foster cognitive skills such as description and interpretation (and better understand the distinction between the two), critical thinking and metacognition
·    Sharpen technical abilities such as close observation, diagnostic acumen, pattern recognition and the perception of non-verbal cues
·    Deepen interpersonal skills with both patients and colleagues, such as collaboration, social awareness and cultural sensitivity
·    Nurture humanistic qualities such as tolerance of ambiguity, creativity and self-reflection
·    Understand the role of embodied witnessing in the practice of medicine.
 
Seminar leader
Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA, Adjunct Professor U of T Dept of Psychiatry, is an art therapist, psychotherapist and educator. She co-founded WRAP (within the Trauma Therapy Program) at Women’s College Hospital in 1998. Her chapter, co-authored with Shelley Wall, “The Visible Curriculum”, which appears in Health Humanities in Postgraduate Medical Education (Oxford U Press, 2018) expands on how looking at and making art can vitalize learning in medicine. She offers art-based medical education initiatives in hospitals, museums and community studios.
 
Time and place:
One series of 3 sessions per semester
3 consecutive Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm: November 2, 9, 16
Via Zoom meeting
 
Enrolment:
Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, practising Physicians/Faculty and Learners from other clinical disciplines on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost for participation but enrolment is required and ATTENDANCE IS EXPECTED AT ALL THREE seminar/workshops. Please do not take a spot if you cannot commit to attend.
 No art experience is necessary. Basic pencil and paper are needed as art materials.
 
For more information and to register, please contact: emstern@artandmind.net
 
There will be a second offering in second term (2021)-stay tuned!
 
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Eva-Marie Stern, RP MA
Adjunct Faculty, Dept of Psychiatry, U of Toronto
Specialist in Arts-based Education