• Compassionate Care Curriculum

    Where is the Caring in Clinical Assessment?

    Our AMS project started off with the premise: if assessment drives learning and we want to foster compassion in clinicians, then why don’t we assess compassionate care during medical school?  Inspired by our research project, this blog playfully explores different views on whether caring actually is in the current medical school curriculum, whether it can…


  • History of Medicine

    AMS Hannah Summer Studentship: The Use of Radioactive Iodine

    AMS is best known for our flagship Program, The Phoenix Project, which focuses on bringing compassion to healthcare, but our healthcare roots run deep. AMS has been a steady supporter of the study of medical history for almost 80 years. One of the programs we are proud to support is the AMS Hannah Summer Studentship…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Dr. Ed Spilg talks Professional Resilience and Compassionate Care

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2016 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Edward Spilg. Ed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Geriatric Medicine), Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is the Department of Medicine Vice Chair for Physician Health and Wellness as well as a Senior…


  • Patient Engagement

    AMS 2016 Phoenix Fellow Dr. James Downar Talks Compassionate Healthcare

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2016 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. James Downar. James is an Attending Physician in Critical Care and Palliative Care for both the University Health Network and Sinai Health System. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. We asked James…


  • Patient Engagement

    AMS 2016 Phoenix Fellow Dr. Mark Hanson talks Compassionate Care

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2016 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Mark Hanson.  Mark is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children and is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is the Past MD Admissions and Student Finances Associate Dean/Director at the University Of Toronto Faculty…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    AMS 2016 Phoenix Fellow Jill Sangha talks Compassionate Care

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2016 Phoenix Fellow, Ms. Jill Sangha. Jill is a Social Worker who has taken on the role of Patient and Family-Centred Care Specialist with the Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. We asked Jill a few questions to get a better understanding of what brought her…


  • Patient Engagement

    Get to Know 2016 AMS Phoenix Fellow Dr. Seema Marwaha

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2016 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Seema Marwaha. Seema is a Clinical Scientist and General Internist with Trillium Health Partners Institute for Better Health. She is also a Munk Global Journalism Fellow. We asked Seema a few questions to get a better understanding of what brought her to…


  • Patient Engagement

    Working on the Edges

    What are the areas in healthcare that seem to be ‘on the edge’? Not quite important enough for full attention, but recognized as being ‘of interest’, although not expected to generate dramatic revelations or miracle cures? It seems some of these areas start on the edges, then move more centrally, like bubbles of interest that…


  • AMS 80th Anniversary

    Associated Medical Services: Healthcare Education Innovator

    As 2016 comes to a close, we have been busy at Associated Medical Services (AMS) preparing for 2017 and our 80th Anniversary. Having just compiled the AMS history for our new website, we have had considerable time to reflect on all of the impressive ways that AMS has contributed to the healthcare of Canadians and…


  • History of Medicine

    History of Medicine: AMS Hannah Summer Studentship Award

    AMS is perhaps best known these days for The Phoenix Project, which focuses on bringing compassion to healthcare, but our healthcare roots run deep. AMS has been a steady supporter of the study of medical history for almost 80 years. One of the programs we are proud to support is the AMS Hannah Summer Studentship…