• Patient Engagement

    Getting to Know AMS Phoenix Fellow Dr. Kilbertus, Compassion and Professional Identity

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Frances Kilbertus. Dr. Kilbertus is a Family Physician and Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Science at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Why did you decide to become a healthcare professional? I come from a large family that places great value on education.…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    2017 AMS Phoenix Fellow Dr. Jones-Bonofiglio on Compassion in Nursing

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio. Dr.  Jones-Bonofiglio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Director in the Centre for Health Care Ethics at Lakehead University. Why did you decide to become a healthcare professional? I decided to become a nurse when I…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    Getting to Know AMS 2017 Phoenix Fellow Dr. James Goertzen, Physician Leader in Northern Ontario

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. James Goertzen. Dr, Goertzen is Assistant Dean, Continuing Education and Professional Development with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Why did you decide to become a healthcare professional?  What was the catalyst for your interest in compassion in healthcare? I was drawn…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    AMS 2017 Phoenix Fellow Dr. Katherine Moreau talks Patient Voice in Health Professions Education

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Katherine Moreau. Dr. Moreau is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa where she focuses on Health Professions Education (HPE). Why did you decide to become a health professions education researcher? While working at the Children’s…


  • Patient Engagement

    Change Day Ontario asks you to be the change!

    A nurse sees that people suffering from opioid addiction are being treated differently from other patients and promises to treat them with compassion. A doctor pledges to call and text patients to build stronger relationships. A health care worker commits to introducing themselves by name. What do all of these pledges have in common? They…


  • Healthcare Blog

    AMS 2017 Phoenix Fellow Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan talks Compassion in Mentoring

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan . Dr. Radhakrishnan is the Clinical Lead of the Collaborative Mentoring Networks with the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Why did you decide to become a healthcare professional? Growing up at home I was inspired by role models that emphasised our…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    Navigating Culture & Bias in the Development of a Social Pediatrics Program

    As we move through the first iteration of the Social Pediatrics Curriculum Program, we have spent many hours thinking, observing, and having conversation with residents and faculty alike about their perceptions of providing care. Care that is compassionate. Care that is both equitable and inclusive. Person and family-centred care. Care that is customized for diverse…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Watching Someone Die and Feeling – Nothing

    The first time I witnessed a death, I was a third year medical student and at  the very beginning of my training. My patient was older – in his late 70s – and all alone. His family dropped him off at the emergency department and were not reachable by phone. One of my first nights…


  • Change Day

    Change Day Ontario: The difference is you

    To improve any health care system change must occur. Change can be incremental or dramatic but without it we cannot improve the quality of the health care system in Ontario or the health of those who live here. Individuals and teams who work within the health care system must feel empowered to make changes that…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    Creating a lexicon for compassion: A student’s reflections on a critical discourse analysis

    In 1927, Francis W. Peabody published an article in JAMA titled “The Care of the Patient”. It was republished in the same journal in 2015, echoing an almost century-old preoccupation with care and compassion — and how it can be taught to the next generation of physicians: “The most common criticism made at present by…