• History of Medicine

    In Memory of Dr. Michael Bliss

    Esteemed historian, author and past AMS Board Member Michael Bliss, has died at the age of 76. A notable Canadian commentator, Dr. Bliss was an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Dr. Bliss was known as one…


  • History of Medicine

    How First World War veterans’ voices are obscured in their official records – and why it matters

    The First World War veterans’ pension files being digitized at the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies, along with the corresponding service files at the Library and Archives of Canada, are an unparalleled source of information on veterans’ lives. When I started my AMS funded post-doc in January of 2017, one of my…


  • AMS 80th Anniversary

    AMS 80th Anniversary and Symposium

    On May 11th and 12th 2017 AMS held an Invitational Symposium entitled Medicare: Past Reflections, Future Directions as part of our 80th Anniversary Celebrations. The event included a free Public Lecture and a full-day Symposium, bringing together international experts and global thought leaders from around the world. A huge thank you to all of our presenters,…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    Compassion in an Increasingly Uncaring World

    A big question during my AMS Phoenix Fellowship was to explore if creativity and the humanities can shine some light on how we might increase compassionate caring in our health care system.  I have been encouraged by the scholarly literature that provides evidence to support the importance of the arts and humanities in medical education…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    The Core of the Issue – Compassionate Care

    I spend many hours every day thinking, writing, and meeting about care. Compassionate care. Equitable care. Person-centred care. Diverse providers of care. Care for diverse populations.  How to teach for compassionate care. What to teach for social justice-oriented care. Whether curriculum can promote reflexive care. How to get faculty members to prioritize person-centred care. How…


  • Technologies and Compassionate Care

    The customer’s always right: Tensions and Opportunities in the Privatization of Care

    What do you look for in a company when you are searching for a service or product? We have all had the experience of being a customer, and we can likely all agree that as customers, we’d like to be satisfied and treated well whether we are purchasing a product or receiving a service or…


  • History of Medicine

    Interpreting the Genetic Revolution: Genetic Counseling, Biological Risk, and the Shaping of Modern American Biopolitics.

    I am the recent beneficiary of an AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship, an award that has been instrumental in allowing me to continue my research on the history of medical genetics and genetic counseling. After earning my Ph.D in History from McMaster University in 2013, I completed a 2-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    The Stigma of Being a Superfeeler

    There are certain traits that are rewarded by our culture and certain traits that are stigmatized. Take, for example, a child who is labeled as “sensitive.” Being sensitive is something that we often discourage. I hear it all the time from parents when they bring their child to see me. We tell our kids to…


  • History of Medicine

    The History of Canadian Healthcare Aid to India in 1950’s

    I came across the name of Dr. Florence Nichols while doing research for my dissertation, which examined the history of Canadian aid to India during the 1950s. You can find a link to the full dissertation on the University of Waterloo’s website. In 1955, Escott Reid, the Canadian high commissioner in New Delhi, toured southern…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    Weaving Social Pediatrics Curriculum Through Residency Training to Foster Compassionate Care.

    As intrinsic as it may seem to cultivate humanistic skills during residency training, medical education often fails to maintain, and may even suppress, residents’ orientation to empathy and caring. The demands of residency training and its focus on fostering clinical expertise and technical skills sometimes comes at the sacrifice of nurturing compassionate care. This is…