• Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    The Privilege of Practice

    For me, it was always Geriatric Medicine.  Therefore, it came as no surprise when I discovered only many years later that my childhood friend in Glasgow turned out to be the son of the late Bernard Isaacs, one of the true giants of modern day Geriatric Medicine. It was Bernard Isaacs who coined the phrase…


  • Patient Engagement

    Spaces and Places: Can Organizations be Compassionate?

    I don’t see patients the way I used to. By that I mean I don’t have a clinical practice where I see patients as an occupational therapist.  But, of course, I see patients. And families and caregivers. I see them in our shared spaces as I walk to my various meetings and they go to…


  • History of Medicine

    The Trials of Psychedelic Medicine: LSD Psychotherapy in the United States

    The focus of my AMS postdoctoral fellowship has been completing the manuscript for my book, “The Trials of Psychedelic Medicine: LSD Psychotherapy in the United States.” The book explores the rise and fall of research into the therapeutic potential of the psychedelic drug LSD in psychiatry from the 1950s until the 1970s. It argues that…


  • Patient Engagement

    Community engagement vs. Patient engagement in Health Professions Admissions

    As a Phoenix Fellow advancing patient engagement in health professions admissions I commonly hear from colleagues that they are already engaging patients in admissions as the “community” is engaged within their institution’s admissions processes. So it has brought me to the question – “Is community engagement and patient engagement within admissions processes the same type…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    Is competent nursing practice synonymous with compassionate care?

    This blog post was written by Ms. Leigh Chapman, an RN and current PhD Candidate at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and a doctoral fellow at The Wilson Centre. Ms. Chapman is a trainee participating on Dr. Cynthia Whitehead’s 2016 AMS Phoenix Thematic Grant .   This research project critically examines…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Mindfulness: More than a Buzzword

    Mindfulness is everywhere these days: on the cover of Time magazine and Scientific America; Google, GE and other corporations  have adopted mindfulness as a leadership, wellness and performance strategy; and a variety of apps are available to help you be “in the moment” (using your smart phone, the most distracting of all human inventions!). While…


  • 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…