Health Arts & Humanities Program Announcements – Spring 2018

A growing amount of research is demonstrating that healthcare professionals who seek out exposure to the humanities and arts-based learning are able to improve their capacity to think critically and augment creativity into their work with patients. The community of researchers, educators, and others interested in exploring these perspectives in health professions education now have a national organization to call their own. Emerging from the highly successful Creating Space meetings, attended by over 1500 people since 2010, comes the newly-formed Canadian Association for Health Humanities (CAHH).

The CAHH aims to promote a symbiotic understanding of both the human condition and practices of patient care through critical dialogue between cross-disciplinary medicine and the arts & humanities. Through various collaborations, regional events, and curating the annual Creating Space conferences, CAHH will work to add significant value to the interdisciplinary cultures of the medical/health humanities locally, nationally and internationally.

In this spirit, the CAHH and Post MD have launched the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities to advance a deeper understanding of health, illness, suffering, disability and the provision of healthcare by creating a community of scholars in the arts, humanities and clinical sciences at the University of Toronto. Through monthly films, lectures and seminars at U of T, participants will learn to challenge personal assumptions and biases, to stretch their worldview and to become more reflective in their practice.

Upcoming events include:

  1. The Art of Medicine Speakers’ Series and Book Signing
    Dr. Danielle Martin – Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians

    February 22nd 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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  2. Self-Care, Resilience and Reflection-A Cinema Medica-TIFF Documentary Workshop
    February 24th, 2018, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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  3. What does physician happiness look like? Finding your way back to pleasure and purpose
    February 16, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
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  4. The Health Narratives Research Group (HeNReG)
    Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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  5. Synesthesia – U of T’s Annual Art show for faculty, alumni, and students
    April 9th, 2018
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  6. An AGO Elective for Health Sciences Students and Residents, University of Toronto – Looking Through Art: Art and Medicine
    Dates TBA, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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  7. The Art of Medicine Continues
    Brian Goldman, “On Empathy”
    April 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Ron Epstein, author of “Attending”
    June 1st, 10:40 am – 12:00 pm
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  8. Call for Submissions: Mary Seeman Humanities Award: 2018
    Deadline for submissions is April 14, 2018.
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  9. Narrative Healthcare Atelier Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
    June 1-4, 2018
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