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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!

Fresh off the CMAJ Presses!

ENCOUNTERS: Selected CMAJ Narratives





IT'S NOW AVAILABLE in digital or print !

  • Peer-reviewed narratives in health humanities culled from nearly 20 years of Humanities published in CMAJ
  • Includes “A brief guide to close reading” by Dr. Allan Peterkin, Director of the Health Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto
  • Organized by topic such as Empathy and On Being a Patient
  • Some 100 Canadian authors including Dr. David Goldbloom, Dr. Monica Kidd, Dr. Shane Neilson and others
  • Canadian topics such as health in the North and medical assistance in dying
  • Fuel for discussion for learners and physicians

In-Person and Online voting for Executive Committee Positions

Canadian Association for Health Humanities

In-Person and Online voting for Executive Committee Positions

Elections for the new Executive Committee of the Canadian Association for Health Humanities will be confirmed during the upcoming inaugural special meeting on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 5:15 – 6:00 pm EST at the Creating Space meeting in Halifax.  If you are attending Creating Space, please join us for this very special meeting!

If you are unable to attend the Creating Space meeting, but have been a paid registrant at a previous Creating Space meeting(s), you are Eligible to Vote Online!

To vote online, please click here!

As a check, you will be asked to provide the name of the city and year of at least one Creating Space meeting you have attended (but no other identifying information). Online voting ends on Friday, April 27 at 4:00 pm EST.

CAHH Nominations Now Open!

Seeking Executive Committee nominations for the new Canadian Association for Health Humanities

The Canadian Association for Health Humanities (, which will be launched at the Creating Spaces Conference in Halifax, April 27-28, 2018, is seeking nominations for the inaugural Executive Committee. Positions include President, Vice President/President-elect, Treasurer, and Secretary/Communications.

This dynamic executive committee will create policies and direction to foster the growth and development of our new national, health humanities organization. A lot has already been accomplished thanks to the diligent work of our colleagues, students and friends. Over 1000 people have attended our annual Creating Space conference since its inception eight years ago. We have funding for three years from Associated Medical Services, which is being used in part for start-up costs, including administrative support. The CAHH website is also operating and a conditional constitution has been posted for members’ review.

Fulfilling the duties of CAHH Executive Committee members will require an estimated five to ten hours per month. Committee members must also attend the CAHH Annual General Meeting during Creating Space, and assist in curating and promoting this conference. The term is three years. For additional details see the position outlines below.

You are eligible to run for the committee if you have registered for at least one of the eight previous Creating Space conferences or are enrolled for the 2018 conference, and if you emphasize the health humanities in your clinical, academic or creative/artistic work. You do not have to attend this year’s Creating Spaces Conference to run for a position. We encourage senior trainees (residents, doctoral students, post-docs) to run for office.

Completed applications must be received by April 25, noon EST.

To put your name forth as a candidate, kindly complete the following form: click here. You will be asked to provide a brief statement of interest and qualifications, to disclose any potential conflict of interest and to identify a “seconder” who supports your nomination. This information will be shared with Creating Space attendees, who comprise the eligible voters this year.

Voting will take place on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Members and candidates will be informed of the results by April 28, 2018.

Thank you for your support.

CAHH Nominating Committee
Pamela Brett-Maclean PhD
Barbara Sibbald BJ
Allan Peterkin MD

Available Executive Committee Positions

  • President: assisted by the vice-president and other members of the executive committee, responsibilities include identifying strategic priorities, creating meeting agendas, chairing meetings, appointing committees, representing the association in public and official functions, ensuring the executive committee fulfills its responsibilities, communicating quarterly with members, helping to identify and support the organizers of Creating Space, and setting an example of scholarship, character and service.
  • Vice-President (President-elect): responsibilities include assisting the president in all of her/his duties, performing duties delegated by the president, and setting an example of scholarship, character and service.
  • Treasurer: responsibilities include administering the finances of the association including maintaining complete financial records of all income and expenditures, collecting dues and sending reminders, purchasing items or supplies, recruiting potential donors, presenting an annual financial report, and setting an example of scholarship, character and service.
  • Secretary/Communications: assisted by the CAHH administrator and webmaster, responsibilities include taking and disseminating minutes, maintaining the membership list, answering inquiries, monitoring updates to the website, assisting the president communicate with members, seeking candidates for vacant positions, liaising with ARS MEDICA, the official CAHH journal, and setting an example of scholarship, character and service.)

Note: A governing council will be set up after the executive is in place.

The CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR HEALTH HUMANITIES ( is a learned society based in Canada promoting the development of the medical/health humanities through: an annual conference, council meetings, regional meetings, an associated biannual journal (ARS MEDICA) and a website ( The CAHH promotes understandings of both the human condition and practices of patient care through critical dialogue between medicine/ healthcare across disciplines and the arts/ humanities. It aims to add significant humanistic value to the interdisciplinary cultures of the medical/ health humanities locally, nationally and internationally.

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 !

Dalhousie Student Writing Contest 2018

Canadian medical students and residents are invited to submit reflective essays, poetry, or short fiction that explore the intersection of mental health and the humanities to the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry Annual Student Writing Competition. Each year, one entry in each category (medical student, postgraduate trainee) will be selected to receive a $100 cash prize. Winning entries will be published in the Department of Psychiatry newsletter, Headlines <>, and on the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry website.

Who is eligible? Medical students, residents and fellows at Canadian medical schools.

Maximum word count: 2,000 words

Deadline: This year's deadline is April 1, 2018

To ensure confidentiality is maintained, patients and anyone else described in essays, stories, or poems must be fictional or composite characters (with the exception of the narrator him/herself). Please indicate in your e-mail whether you are a medical student or a resident/fellow. Faculty from the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry will act as judges.

Entries can be sent in Word of PDF format to Dr. Joanne MacDonald, humanities coordinator, at

For full contest rules and details, please visit the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry website and

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.



Ars Medica Vol 12, No 1, 2017

Dear Readers:

Ars Medica has just published its latest issue at:

We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our website to review articles and items of interest.

Thank you for your continuing interest in Ars Medica work.

Best regards,

Marilyn Bittman
Managing Editor

Ars Medica
Vol 12, No 1 (2017)
Table of Contents

Feature Pieces
Albrecht Dürer’s Praying Hands: The Hand Is Art
- Brandon A Haghverdian, David A Daar

Mortal Selfies
- Diana Meredith

A Case for Patient Ownership
- Geoffrey Shouse, Steven Hardin

Naming Not Blaming: A Story about a Surgery Gone Wrong
-Cammy Lee

Eating, Sleeping, Playing
- John Vurro

- Jami Driedger Neufeld

Charm / Willa
- Sarah Shirley

An Emergency Doctor's Silent Prayer
- Samina Ali

the poem / fever / axial section through putamen with vessal territories
- Elizabeth Morton

The Snowflake Heart / Hershey Children’s Hospital / Night Stand
- Larry Kuhar

Dramacare / Triaging Your Life / Bottom Line
- Virginia Aronson

Consent to Orchidectomy
- P. W. Bridgman

The Psychobiology of Feeling
- Schneider K. Rancy

Speck of White
- Tharshika Thangarasa
Ars Medica :

Journal Contact Information:
Marilyn Bittman
Managing Editor, Ars Medica
c/o Simon Fraser University, CCSP Press Journals
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

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