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:


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.


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.


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. 


Principles to guide self-care and guide leadership in support of our colleagues and their provision of patient care during these challenging times


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

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.


  • 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.
·    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
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

Invitation – Fireside Chat on Leadership – September 15 🗓

Invitation | Fireside Chat on Leadership | September 15

Dear Students,

As part of our ongoing commitment to leadership education, we are introducing a series of ‘Fireside Chats’ with medical leaders.   The six chats which will take place over the current academic year are formally part of the PG Leadership Certificate Program, and we are delighted to open them up to our entire community of medical learners at UofT so that all can be inspired and benefit from the wisdom and experience of these faculty.  Below are the details for the first fireside chat:

Topic: Authentic and Inspired Leadership

Speaker: Dr. Philip Berger

Date and Time: Tuesday September 15th at 6:15 – 6:45 pm

Livestreaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlcx52Omm4g&feature=youtu.be

To ask a question during the chat please email: anne.matlow@utoronto.ca

About the speaker: Dr. Berger is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine, was Medical Director of the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital from 1997-2017 and Chief of its Department of Family and Community Medicine from 1997 to 2013. He has helped establish human rights related health organizations arising from his work with torture victims, refugees and people with HIV and has been involved in campaigns to fight poverty and in support of drug users.


  • How to identify conditions external to the patient and her community which can cause illness and impede recovery.
  • Assess the collision between self effacement and self interest in the context of physicians’ duty to patients and to the public.

Readings (DOWNLOAD attached document which contains both readings)

1.      Pellegrino ED.  Altruism, self-interest and Medical Ethics. JAMA 1987;258:1939-40

2.      Berwick DM.  To Isaiah. JAMA 2012; 307:2597-99

We hope you can join us!

Patricia Houston MD, MEd, FRCPC
Professor and Vice Dean, Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Glen Bandiera BASc (Engin.), MD, MEd, FRCPC
Professor & Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

COVID & Ethics Series: links to videos of 4 webinars

From Dr Robert Klitzman,

Joseph Mailman School of Public Health

Four  online lectures on Bioethics and Covid 19 in the US

Free Lecture Series: Intersections of Race, Class, and Health

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to share details about a virtual lecture series that I have organized over this new academic year.  All of the presentations are open and free, but there is a separate rsvp link for each.  I will send along that information as we move through time and space.

Please share with others, especially your students.


Dr. Tess Jones

SAVE THE DATES for this year-long lecture series on Mondays at noon.

RSVP for our first presentation by Dr. Damon Tweedy, MD on October 19th.

Download flyer>>


Please share a wonderful resource found at this link:

Open source #Coronavirus syllabus

It’s curated beautifully and broken down as follows :

“Teach the virus,” Anne Fausto-Sterling

Table of Contents 

Articles and Books               1

Symposia 12

Podcasts and Radio 12 

Film 13

Visual Arts 14

Music 14

Literature 15

Archives and Databases 16

Syllabi and Other Resources 16

Lectures and Fora 18

JHI Program for the Arts 2020-2021 FUNDING Deadline Extended


Dear Colleagues:
The deadline for applications for funding in 2020-2021 for the JHI Program for the Arts is now extended to 15 April 2020 at midnight. A couple of provisions have also been adjusted to make it possible to fund online events and to encourage applicants to consider contingency plans for their events, should regular operations not be feasible when the time comes.
Applications are welcome from all continuing teaching and research members of the faculty.
Could you please share the revised Call for Applications (attached, and copied in below this message) with your mailing list to faculty members?

Dr. Kimberley Yates, Associate Director
Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, Room 1029
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8

 Call for Proposals — REVISED

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts, 2020-2021

 Deadline for applications: EXTENDED TO 15 APRIL 

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts supports a range of events from small (up to $3000) to larger (up to $10,000) designed to enhance, improve and raise the profile of the Arts at the University. Activities may include visitors, lecture series, symposia, exhibitions, performances, or other imaginative and arts initiatives, which will serve to foster the work of the Jackman Humanities Institute and to represent the leading scholarship of the humanities at the University of Toronto. Each year there will be a priority for at least one event that engages the wider public. The Program gives priority to activities that range across multiple units and across more than one campus. It does not support activities that are routine matters of the sort that individual academic units would normally fund (e.g. departmental colloquia, learned society meetings, etc.). The Program also prefers activities that are related to the 2020-2021 theme—Collectives—but will consider proposals with other foci. Applications will be evaluated for conceptual fit, methodology, and research outputs.  

Proposals that include contingency plans for remote access, or are designed to run via remote access will be given priority. 

2020 – 2021: Collectives

From political parties to literary coteries, from fan groups to sports teams, from terrorist organizations to online groups, our collectives, associations, and communities are multiform and complex. How do we band together and why? In teaming up, how does membership of a collective affect one’s own agency and standing – what do we lose, what do we gain? Can collectives truly be agents and how do group dynamics emerge? How do we balance the interests between collectives, of individuals and collectives, and of the individual within the collective?

 Applications are invited from appointed members of the continuing research and teaching faculty at the University of Toronto.  To apply:

1.     You must have an active userID account on the JHI website


2.     Complete the online application form at

3.     Upload a description and rationale including fit with 2020-2021 annual theme of Collectives

(500 words—FIRM limit on length)

4.     Upload a proposed budget outline showing all known sources of support 

To clarify some of the preferences of the Program the following guidelines will normally apply:

1.     Funding will be awarded from $1,000-$3,000 (small), $3,000-$5,000 (medium) or up to $10,000 (large). Projects with a total budget (including all sources) over $30,000 will not be supported.

2.     Interdisciplinary activities that reach across units, and across campuses are given priority.

3.     Subventions for academic publishing will not be considered at this time; exhibition catalogues that are part of a larger academic event are the only publication that will be considered for funding.

4.     Significant costs (over $3,000) for performers will not be funded.


5.     Events of an annual or continual nature that have previously been funded through the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts are normally eligible for one repeat year of funding; this need not be sequential.

6.     The JHI provides basic publicity package (in-house colour flyer on request, website event posting, JHI social media and newsletter, email announcement to departments and relevant EDU’s), and will make available the first-floor multipurpose room (seats 100) and tenth-floor meeting room (seats 25; weekdays 9-4 only) to all funded events.

7.     Costs for publicity and space rental will not normally be accepted as fundable budget items. A/V recordings of events funded by the Program for the Arts should be included as a regularly budgeted item in the budget proposal with an explanation of the research or pedagogical need for the recording included in the Description and Rationale document. The responsibility for arranging recordings will lie with the event organizer.

8.     Due to COVID-19 precautions, for 2020-2021, proposals that include either a contingency plan for remote access, or are designed to run via remote access, will be given priority. 


For clarifications about this program, please contact JHI Director Professor Alison Keith at


For website assistance, please contact JHI Associate Director Dr. Kimberley Yates at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca


Applications due: Wednesday 15 April 2020 at midnight

Narrative Rounds – Stories Turned into Case Studies and Case Files – EVENT POSTPONED 🗓

Please hold the date for our joint Department of Family and Community Medicine – Department of Psychiatry – Health and Humanities GRAND ROUNDS

June 5th, from 10:45 am-noon, followed by a book signing

18th Floor Auditorium

Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave

Our speaker is disability activist ELI CLARE

Title:  “Stories Turned into Case Studies and Case Files”


White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare lives near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (currently known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written two books of creative non-fiction, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure and Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, and a collection of poetry, The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion, and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.

TGH-UHN Grand Rounds – March 6

UHN Centre for Mental Health: Grand Rounds

“Encountering the Unspeakable: Arts-Based Research Methods and the Limits of Narrative in a Study of First Episode Psychosis”

Presenter: Dr. Suze Berkhout
Chair: Dr. Raed Hawa
Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location: Toronto General Hospital (1EN-429/430)