• 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…


  • Patient Engagement

    Patient Engagement within Health Professions Admissions Processes

    The goal of my AMS Phoenix Fellowship is to encourage patient engagement within admissions processes selecting for future health care professionals. One might say that today, patients are most commonly represented “in spirit” within admissions processes. I have chosen the term “in spirit” as the overarching goal of admissions is the selection of health care…


  • History of Medicine

    The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Portal

    With the generous support of AMS, and years of hard work, we are happy to announce the creation of The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Web Portal . The portal is designed to gather resources in medical humanities for students, scholars, physicians, and the general public for learning, casual exploration, fun, and research. Students in health…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Courage to Nurse: Building a Community of Witnessing and Compassion

    Among the privileges of being an academic nurse is having the opportunity to spend time with young women and men as they pursue their goal – sometimes their dream – of becoming a nurse.  When I ask first year undergraduate students about their decision to pursue a vocation in nursing, the most frequent response is…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    “Self-care” is Failing Healthcare Providers Experiencing Compassion Fatigue

    Recently, while waiting to see my own doctor for a routine visit, I leafed idly through a waiting-room copy of Chatelaine magazine.  One headline caught my eye: “The Science Behind Self-Care”.   Intriguing title, and one that seemingly promised an evidence base for the activities we undertake in order to manage our complex and demanding lives,…


  • History of Medicine

    Remembering Dr. Donald Wilson

    This guest blog post, remembering the late Dr. Donald Wilson, was written by Dr. William E. Seidelman with the assistance of Drs. Richard Reznick, Tirone David, Chris Feindel, Bryce Taylor and Ron Baird.  Their assistance in documenting Dr. Wilson’s participation in the first heart transplant performed in Toronto at the Toronto Western Hospital was invaluable. Please…


  • Patient Engagement

    Supporting the Physical and Mental Health of Bereaved Families

    I have two projects that I am hoping to advance as part of my AMS Phoenix Fellowship. These are projects that I have been working on and thinking about for some time, but that really needed dedicated time to develop more fully. The first project aims to improve care for patients and family members at…


  • Uncategorized

    2016 AMS Phoenix Conference … “It’s a wrap!”

    Another year of conference planning is wrapped up as we say good bye to the 2016 AMS Phoenix Conference.  In mid-November, over a 100 healthcare educators, clinicians, researchers, students, administrators and policy makers of all disciplines came together around the common goals of advancing compassion in the healthcare system.  The AMS Phoenix mission of Nurturing…