The AMS Phoenix Project Announces 2016 Thematic Grants and Fellows

TORONTO, ON, September 28, 2016 – AMS (Associated Medical Services Inc.) is very pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the AMS Phoenix Thematic Grants and Fellowships.  The AMS Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring is based on the premise that health professionals provide the best care when they are able to balance compassion and technical expertise.  AMS is leading the way when it comes to advancing compassionate care within the healthcare community, aiming to instill and sustain compassion in the environments in which health professionals learn and work.

In 2016, a new Thematic Grant Invitational Competition was opened to previous AMS Phoenix Fellows funding multi-site collaborative research in 4 thematic areas; Patient Voice, Resilience, Curriculum Development and Technology.

Four Thematic Grants were awarded:

#1. Principal Investigator: Ayelet Kuper, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

“An Integrated Spiral Curriculum Across the Medical Education Continuum to Support the Understanding and delivery of, and Advocacy for, Compassionate, Person-Centred Care”


#2. Principal Investigator: Paula Rowland, OT Reg. (Ont.), PhD, Research Scientist, University Health Network

“Advancing the Science and Practice of Patient Engagement in Health Service Organizations”


#3. Principal Investigator: Trisha L. Parsons, PT, BScPT, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University

“Caring for the Next Generation of Care Providers: Building Capacity for Narrative Competence”


#4. Principal Investigator: Cynthia R. Whitehead, MD. PhD Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto

“Leveraging Accreditation Standards to Promote Compassion in Education and Practice”

Caring and Compassion

We also want to celebrate a diverse group of exceptional leaders that have been selected to receive the fellowship award in recognition of their leadership in advancing compassionate health care.

The five recipients of the 2016 AMS Phoenix Fellowship are:

#1. James Downar, MDCM, MHSc (Bioethics) FRCPC- Fellow, University Health Network

“Creating an ICU-based Screening and Support System for Bereaved Family Members, and Using Patient-level Feedback to Help Medical Trainees Improve Their Communication Skills”


#2. Mark D. Hanson, MD Med FRCPC – Fellow, Hospital for Sick Children

“A New Health Professions Admission Model Grounded in Patient Defined Application Attributes, Processes and Policies”


#3. Seema Marwaha, MD, FRCPC, MEd – Fellow, Trillium Health Partners

“Enabling Compassionate Care through Storytelling: Better Understanding the Breadth and Reach of Online Patient Narratives”


#4. Jill Sangha, BSW, MSW, RSW – Fellow, London Health Sciences Centre

“Cultivating Compassionate Care During Residency Training in Paediatrics”


#5. Edward George Spilg, MBChB, MSC, FRCP (UK) – Fellow, The Ottawa Hospital

“Improving Physician Empathy, Compassionate Care and Wellness Through the Development of Resilience-building Communities of Practice and Creating a Culture of Empathy”


“The concept of ‘compassion’ combined with technical expertise, especially within the healthcare setting may seem intertwined, when in fact it is often a missing component when dealing with patients,” says AMS Phoenix Strategic Advisor, Dr. Brian Hodges.  “I am encouraged to see such enthusiasm from so many applicants who are actively working to bring compassion to healthcare.  Congratulations to all of the 2016 recipients for embodying the spirit of Phoenix and for your contributions that advance compassion in patient care.”

For further information contact:

Anne Avery Director of Communications, AMS