• 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:…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • The Core of the Issue – Compassionate Care

    I spend many hours every day thinking, writing, and meeting about care. Compassionate care. Equitable care. Person-centred care. Diverse providers of care. Care for diverse populations.  How to teach for compassionate care. What to teach for social justice-oriented care. Whether curriculum can promote reflexive care. How to get faculty members to prioritize person-centred care. How…


  • 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…


  • 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…