• 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.…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…