Call For Papers - Creating Space IX!

Just in time for October - the English call for papers for Creating Space IX is now available! The French version will be available in the coming days. All information is available through this website under the Creating Space tab. Looking forward to seeing you on 12 and 13 April 2019 in Hamilton; full conference details to come soon!

Call for Papers: Creating Space VIII

Creating Space VIII: April 27-28, 2018, Halifax, NS

Theme: Fostering Critical Thinking through the Arts and Humanities 


  • Teaching and Education
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Engaging Community

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Alan Bleakley:

Title: Critical thinking in a ‘post-truth’ era: medicine’s dilemma

Dr. Pat Croskerry:

Title: Teaching the scarecrow: Critical thinking to improve clinical decision making

Dr. Jock Murray:

Title:  Integrating the Humanities at Dalhousie University: A longstanding Debate


Creating Space (CS) is an annual meeting exploring the evolving use of arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS) in healthcare education and clinical care. Over the last seven years, CS has become an annual summit where scholars, artists and practitioners gather to discuss how to cultivate the best and most humanistic characteristics of health care professionals.  There has been increasing emphasis on the importance of critical thinking in patient care and the significant number of medical errors that occur through errors in health professionals thinking.  This meeting will focus on how the the Arts and Humanities can be used to foster critical thinking and provide opportunities for reflection and a willingness to challenge one anothers thinking.

Instructional Methods

The conference includes individuals from a variety of disciplines. This two day conference will include three keynote addresses, short papers, panel discussions, poster sessions, pecha kucha, workshops and performances. There will be opportunities to network with likeminded colleagues.

Target Audience

CSVIII seeks to include scholars, educators, artists and practitioners from multiple disciplines whose work involves in the intersection of the AHSS disciplines and health professions.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define what critical thinking in the health professions and humanities means.
  2. Describe the impact of cognitive bias on patient care.
  3. Provide examples of how the arts and humanities can foster critical thinking and positively impact patient care.

Types of proposals: Recognizing the emerging role of AHSS approaches and interdisciplinary scholarship,Creating Space VIII offers authors the opportunity to display creatively their research and educational achievements, experiences and thoughts. Abstracts may be presented in the form of:

  • Research presentation: 15 minutes (10 mins plus 5 mins for questions)
  • Novel humanities educational experiences:  15 minutes (10 mins plus 5 mins for questions)
  • Panel presentation: 60 minutes
  • Limited Group Workshop: 90 minutes (maximum of 25% didactic teaching).
  • Pecha Kucha: 20 slides with 20 seconds each slide
  • Performance: 30 minutes
  • Poster presentation

Proposal Guidelines: Please use the Creating Spaces VIII Abstract Submission Form to submit your abstract.

Deadline for submission : Proposals are due no later than midnight Atlantic Time January 15th, 2018.

To Submit a Proposal : All proposals must be submitted to the following address:

*Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed in late February, 2018.

PLEASE VISIT WWW.CAHH.CA, the new website for the Canadian Association For Health Humanities and attend the business meeting in Halifax to elect officers for our new association !

Call for Submissions: WHITE COAT, Warm ART Exhibit

Call for Submissions

WHITE COAT, Warm ART Exhibit ~ Halifax Nova Scotia April 28th to 30th.

We are pleased to announce the 9th “White COAT, Warm ART Exhibit” which is held annually in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical education (CCME).

This exhibit will showcase the creative talents of medical / other health sciences faculty, residents, students, and physicians and other health professionals from across Canada. This will be a juried exhibition. Entries can include, oils, water colours, photographs, pastels, etchings, pen and ink, etc. Some limited space will also be available for the display of small sculptures.


1) Live Exhibit: Artists selected for the live exhibit must either plan to bring their art themselves to the exhibit or arrange to have it brought and picked up by someone else. Any Shipping arrangements (delivery AND Packing for Return Shipping) must be arranged entirely by the artist (we don’t have the resources to arrange shipping). Any shipping (& Insurance) expenses are born by the artist.

2) Digital Exhibit: If you don’t plan to attend the exhibit or are unable to have your art brought by a colleague, please submit to the “Digital Exhibit”.

Artistic Selection: For the live exhibit, art that captures the experience of practicing and/or learning medicine is welcomed. This can be conveyed either in the image or the artist statement. Selection for all pieces will be based on artistic merit, and demonstrated skill in effecting a particular artistic vision in the media chosen.


1) Register with (it’s free)

2) Click on Art Gallery

3) Submit your artwork to the “White Coat Warm heART 2018 Gallery”

4) You will be prompted to include a “Description of Artwork” (60 words max: describe the art itself, and the role of art making in your professional life)

5) For judging purposes please include the word LIVE or DIGITAL in the Description of Artwork. (e.g. LIVE “This is a painting of a heart….”)

6) If you have any problems with the submission process Email ASAP and

Deadline for Submission is:

Sunday January 28th, 2018 by 5PM Pacific Standard Time.

Artworks must be created by submitting faculty, residents, students or those involved in the healthcare/ wellness field

Art displayed at other exhibits are welcomed.

A maximum of 2 artworks per artist can be submitted.