• 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…


  • The customer’s always right: Tensions and Opportunities in the Privatization of Care

    What do you look for in a company when you are searching for a service or product? We have all had the experience of being a customer, and we can likely all agree that as customers, we’d like to be satisfied and treated well whether we are purchasing a product or receiving a service or…


  • Wither ‘Quality of Life’?

    I recently attended my first AMS Phoenix Project Conference as a new grant recipient. It was a treat to be amongst a talented group of people who are collectively dedicated to infusing compassionate care into healthcare, and who are doing so from diverse perspectives. As someone who identifies as a critical researcher I was especially…


  • Social Media and The AMS Phoenix 2015 Conference

    With our upcoming AMS Phoenix Conference, it’s important to know how to best engage followers and supporters on social media. Here are some tips that can help you (and us) to continue the conversation online: Tweet. Tweet. TWEET! Tweeting is the easiest way to bring the conversation online! The best way to start off is…


  • What Does Caring Mean When It Comes To Social Media in Medicine?

    Imagine that your surgical resident approaches you about the patient you are meant to operate on tomorrow. “I know that being a smoker makes this operation much more likely to fail and I just found out that Mrs. SB smokes”. “Really? How do you know” you ask. “Um, well, Facebook. She’s um, well, my friend’s…


  • Polite Anger

    How Canadian, eh? At one level those of us who are involved in the AMS Phoenix Project ‘A Call to Caring’ are polite, considerate and delightfully professional and civilized. This reflects the premise of the Project that health professionals provide the best care when they are able to balance human compassion and technical expertise. And…