• History of Medicine

    A Brief History of “Off-Label” Use of Amytal in Psychiatry

    In my AMS funded scholarship I investigated published medical and psychiatric cases of uses amytal in an “off label”, published 1920 – 1950. In order to reconstruct a “label” of uses, I recorded successive versions of pharmacology textbooks. By reviewing Goodman and Gillman’s The Pharmacologic Basis of Therapeutics, I was able to learn conditions which…


  • 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:…


  • 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…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Getting to Know 2017 AMS Phoenix Fellow Dr. Martimianakis

    AMS would like to introduce our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow Dr. Maria Athina Martimianakis. Dr. Martimianakis is an Associate Professor and Director of Medical Education Scholarship in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto and a Scientist and International Strategic Lead with the Wilson Centre. How did you decide on your area of study for…


  • 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…