Phoenix Fellows and Grantees

Trisha Parsons

2013 AMS Phoenix Fellowship
Co-sponsor Organization
Queen's University
Research Theme

“The Personal Healthcare Story as a Catalyst for Person-Centered Care”

This project is being developed in partnership with a person who is living with both kidney and heart failure, and has been guided by Bringing Compassion to Healthcare Transformative Learning Theory and Narrative Medicine pedagogy. The fellowship support allowed for the creation of a personal health “photodocumentary” and the development of a Narrative Practice Seminar Series. The seminar series is a required element in an entry-level MSCPT course on the management of complex health conditions.


  • A photo-documentary of an individual living with a complex health condition and three different narrative practice exercises related to the film.
  • A course syllabus describing the narrative exercise along with a framework for its evaluation.
  • Guidelines for facilitator training and the training of four facilitators in the use of narrative practice within this context (i.e. capacity building for future iterations of this work).
  • Capacity building of the AMS Phoenix Fellow including workshops in Narrative Medicine, Creative Writing, and Qualitative Methods. In addition, enrollment in the inaugural class for the Centre for Narrative Practice Certificate (Boston).