Dr. Allan Peterkin

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Workshops With Dr. Allan Peterkin

Health humanities tool kit workshops

Date: March 12, 2019 
Time:   9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location:  Room 069 Apotex Centre

Fostering the New Revolution in Canadian Clinical Education “A Humanities Toolkit. How to Teach Learners Using Visual Arts, Literary Texts, and Film Clips.

There is a growing body of research that suggests that exposing health professions learners to the humanities (including: literature, film, poetry, and visual arts) fosters enhanced critical reflection and empathy in provider-patient encounters. Furthermore, such exposure celebrates the subjective and emotional facets of learning alongside more conventional scientific/evidence-based approaches.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn approaches to teaching critical reflection and close reading of texts and images;
  • Gain experience and ability to teach these skills;
  • Explore future directions for the integration of humanities competency into medical education.
Intro to narrative medicine plenary presentation: Why stories matter in healthcare
Date: March 13, 2019
Time:   Noon – 1:00 PM
Location: Room 204 Brodie

This seminar will review the origins and evolution of the growing field of narrative medicine, highlighting the role of reading and reflective writing in developing narrative competence.

Practical applications/strategies for developing a more narratively informed clinical practice will be provided through an onsite close reading exercise and reflective writing exercises.

Reflective writing workshop
Date: March 13, 2019
Time:  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Room 204 Brodie

This workshop aims to meet the needs of healthcare practitioners seeking to explore creative and reflective writing, as well as those looking to inform their professional practice with narrative approaches to health and medicine.

The workshop will begin by introducing the elements of writing practice and the essentials of close reading, to be applied with greater focus and depth as the workshop goes on. We will read published works relating to health and the body and discuss what they offer to us as models. We will discuss theoretical/practical/creative perspectives on additional genres, such as poetry and non-fiction.


Dr. Peterkin studied medicine at the University of Manitoba and completed residencies in family medicine and psychiatry at McGill.

He now heads the HEALTH, ARTS AND HUMANITIES Program at Mount Sinai Hospital and is the Faculty Humanities Lead for both UNDERGRADUATE MEDICINE AND POST-MD EDUCATION AT the University of Toronto, where he is a full professor of psychiatry and family medicine.

Dr Peterkin is the author of 16 books for adults on medical humanities, cultural history, narrative medicine, human sexuality and physician wellness including Staying Human during Residency Training (now in its 6th edition). His poetry and fiction have been published and anthologized in the US, Canada and the UK. Dr. Peterkin is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities (

Ars Medica is a literary journal that explores the interface between the arts and healing, and examines what makes medicine an art.) and has been a humanities editor with both the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) and Medical Humanities (BMJ).

Registration will begin next week.

These events are sponsored by the Alan Klass Medical Humanities Program, The Department of Internal Medicine, and the Office of Educational and Faculty Development.