On Thursday the curtain goes up on three days of inspiring and refreshing events in FMF’s Humanities Theatre. These sessions explore the interaction between the arts and healing—our patients’ and our own. They offer creative and practical techniques that busy family medicine physicians and teachers can incorporate right away.
The show opens in the morning with Reading the Patient Like a Book. This session introduces and demonstrates basic narrative medicine techniques to use in your patient-centred practice.
Our midday presentation is Stress Is a Laughing Matter. Almost half of family physicians in a 2008 study had symptoms of stress or burnout, and 80% of their patients had symptoms or worsened disease because of it! Take this hour to discover 12 practical keys and some easily applied tools to address stress, prevent burnout, and restore resilience as you enjoy a few laughs with your colleagues.
For a change of pace, attend our matinee screening of Interns, a short sitcom that pokes fun at the rigid medical hierarchy and highlights medical students’ fear of incompetence as they move into their clinical years. This session, called The Boundaries of Medical Comedies, also explores the benefits and creative application of videography in medical school programs.
Thursday’s program concludes with the presentation of the 2013 AMS-Mimi Divinsky Awards for History and Narrative in Family Medicine, in the Stories in Family Medicine session. Come meet our guest speaker, celebrate the three recipients, and hear their winning stories.