Health Arts & Humanities Announces More Programming for 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. A Reading and Book Signing By Dr. James Maskalyk, The Art of Medicine Speakers’ Series
    “Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine”

    March 22nd 2018, 6:30 pm
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  2. Poetry and Medicine Panel
    Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
    Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave, 18th Floor Auditorium
  3. Synesthesia – U of T’s Annual Art show for faculty, alumni, and students
    April 9th, 2018
    More information
  4. Storytelling through Photography Workshop – Finding Connection Through Medicine with Dr. Dawn Lim
    April 9th, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    More information
  5. Cinema Medica – Indigenous Health Film Screening + Discussion
    April 10th, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave, 18th Floor Auditorium
  6. Call for Submissions: Mary Seeman Humanities Award: 2018
    Deadline for submissions is April 14, 2018.
    More information
  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
    More information
  8. Creating Space
    April 27-28, 2018
    Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
    More Information
  9. Narrative Healthcare Atelier Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
    June 1-4, 2018
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  10. The Health Narratives Research Group (HeNReG)
    Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    More information

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