• The Hard Edges of Compassion

    Upon reflection on my first year as an AMS Phoenix Fellow, I did not anticipate how challenging it would be to explain my work on compassion to others. The standard reaction is “Oh…how nice!” Nobody ever says, “Compassion? Why would you care about that!” However, I don’t sense true understanding of the dire need right…


  • Is compassionate leadership an antidote for health care burnout?

    Can health care be a toxin for those providing care to others?  The drive for cost savings, the increasing complexity of care, the menace of electronic medical records and the emotional challenges of responding to patient suffering put health care professionals at high risk for burnout.  Today, burnout is common among all members of our health…


  • Exploring the Interwoven Nature of Compassion & Self-Compassion

    I began my AMS Phoenix Fellowship by choosing to attend an indigenous cattail basket weaving workshop. I thought it would be fitting to stimulate my creative and aesthetic potential for the fellowship tasks ahead.  As you can see, I did not deem my skills to be basket-worthy (yet) and instead opted to create a mat.…


  • Stressing over Compassion

    “Watching Someone Die and Feeling – Nothing”  writes Dr. Seema Marwaha. I’ve been thinking a lot about the stress she described over the lack of emotional response she had in the face of a patient tragedy. I was struck with the magnitude of her aspiration to find a balance between managing the needs of her…


  • Is Healthcare Innovation Simply an Act of Compassion?

    Northern Ontario covers 87% of Ontario’s land mass, is inhabited by 6% of the province’s population, and has the highest rates of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease in Ontario. Disease prevalence is highest in the 13% of Indigenous Northerners. Providing Northern Ontario health care in the future will be challenging as the lifestyles of…


  • How I Choose to Repair the World

    I’m often asked why I do what I do. Actually, it’s rare that someone questions my decision to look after sick people as a physician. People also rarely wonder why I chose to get married or to have children. On the other hand, my academic interests – the focus of my research and educational work…


  • Humanizing the Opioid Crisis Through Compassionate Spaces

    In the last year, 2800 Canadians died from opioid related causes and 16 Canadians are hospitalized each day. – CIHI Opioid Related Harms in Canada.  The opioid crisis has been a growing part of our public consciousness with the media, (both national and local) governments and health care institutions profiling and addressing the immeasurable suffering and loss…


  • Getting to Know 2017 AMS Phoenix Fellow Dr. Martimianakis

    AMS would like to introduce our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow Dr. Maria Athina Martimianakis. Dr. Martimianakis is an Associate Professor and Director of Medical Education Scholarship in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto and a Scientist and International Strategic Lead with the Wilson Centre. How did you decide on your area of study for…


  • 2017 AMS Phoenix Fellow Dr. Jones-Bonofiglio on Compassion in Nursing

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio. Dr.  Jones-Bonofiglio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Director in the Centre for Health Care Ethics at Lakehead University. Why did you decide to become a healthcare professional? I decided to become a nurse when I…


  • AMS 2017 Phoenix Fellow Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan talks Compassion in Mentoring

    AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan . Dr. Radhakrishnan is the Clinical Lead of the Collaborative Mentoring Networks with the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Why did you decide to become a healthcare professional? Growing up at home I was inspired by role models that emphasised our…