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  • Technologies and Compassionate Care

    2017 AMS Phoenix Conference Recap

    The 2017 AMS Phoenix Conference was a huge success, providing networking and learning opportunities to healthcare professionals committed to instilling compassion in their workplaces and interactions. A highlight of the Conference was the Keynote Presentation given by Dr. Bertalan Mesko, a Medical Futurist,  titled  “Healthcare Needs a Trip to MaRS”. Focusing on how technology and…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    The Absence of Compassion in Accreditation Standards

    My project team and I continue our AMS Phoenix Thematic Grant work examining accreditation standards in order to find any language related to compassion and caring (see Leveraging Accreditation Standards to Promote Compassion in Education and Practice project). As we do so, and continue to be surprised about how little is there, we’ve been asked:…


  • Change Day Ontario Celebrates

    Can we just say Wow! The first Change Day Ontario is in the books and what a great campaign it was. Thank you to all who participated; nurses, doctors, personal support workers, students and patients. We received pledges from everyone who touches the healthcare system. We were humbled by your brave pledges to impact change,…


  • History of Medicine

    History of Medicine: How Courtrooms Dealt with the Medical Concepts of Sanity 1866-1918

    Before the 1800s, questions of sanity were more likely to be legal questions than medical questions.  But during the 1800s, defining sanity increasingly became the domain of medical professionals.  As a result, lawyers and judges began to use medical concepts of sanity in the courtroom.   For a recent AMS funded studentship, I researched Ontario property…


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