Creative Arts

The creative arts can relate to many forms of the arts embodied in action and practice among them (but not restricted to) drama, dance and musical performance, visual arts, writing, publishing, graphic arts, cartooning, film, multi media and design.

In Humane

To be humane is to have or show compassion or benevolence.

Being concerned with the alleviation of suffering.

To interact with care, consideration and respect.


the word medicine is from the Latin ars medicina, meaning the art of healing.

Broadly speaking the practice of medicine is to be

active in the prevention and treatment of illness.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Creative Arts in Humane Medicine Contributors Represent Leaders and International Innovators in Arts and Health

 We would like to introduce you to just a few of the many contributors to the upcoming  book, "Creative Arts in Humane Medicine".  Over the next several weeks we will be featuring quotes and excerpts from the book here at the book blog.  We hope you enjoy our previews. CM

Carol Ann Courneya, BSc (Hon) Human Kinetics, Guelph University, 1981
MSc Physiology, University of Western Ontario, 1983
PhD Physiology, UBC, 1987
Carol Ann Courneya teaches Cardiovascular Physiology to undergraduate science and medical/dental students  at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine.  She founded (2001) and has directed the medical student art exhibit Heartfelt Images for over a decade.  In addition,  Dr. Courneya,  founded and co-directs a National art exhibit called White Coat Warm Art that show cases art created by health sciences students, residents and faculty from across Canada. Dr. Courneya and Dr. Pamela Brett-McLean (founding director) co-direct the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences in Medicine Special Interest Group for the Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME).

Diane Kaufman, MD, 
Diane Kaufman, MD, is the founder and guiding leader of Creative Arts Healthcare –  University Hospital. A Phi Beta Kappa of Mount Holyoke College.  She attended Downstate Medical Center for her medical degree followed by full training in pediatrics and psychiatry at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, a Child Psychiatrist, and the Senior Psychiatrist at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School

Rachael Allen
Currently artist in residence at three university anatomy labs in the North East of England (Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham), the artist explores the role of visual art in anatomy and medical pedagogy, while also situating her practice within the Medical Humanities nationwide.  
 Mina Borromeo
Associate Professor, Mina Borromeo is a Specialist in Special Needs Dentistry (SND) and Convener of SND at the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne, Australia.  She completed her undergraduate training at the Melbourne Dental School in 1991.  She also holds a PhD from Monash University in Muscle Physiology, a Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Medicine) from Sydney University, and is a Fellow in the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons (Special Needs Dentistry).  
 Craig Chen, MD

Craig Chen is an anaesthesiology resident at Stanford University Medical Center.  He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in philosophy, a B.S. in biological sciences and a minor in creative writing.  He completed his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco.  Craig writes poetry and creative nonfiction for his medical blog, Asclepion. He received a Healing Arts Poetry Scholarship to attend the 2009 Napa Valley Writer's Conference where he worked with David St. John. He has also written with David Watts, MD, and Sharon Bray, Ed.D.
  Amy Clements-Cortes, Ph.D, MTA, MY-BC, FAMI
President Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Clinical Commissioner for the World Federation of Music Therapy, Instructor Music Therapy University of Windsor

 Catherine L. Mah, MD, FRCPC, Ph.D.
Catherine L. Mah, MD, FRCPC, PhD is a Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Head of the Food Policy Research Initiative at the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.  As a practitioner, researcher, and teacher, Dr. Mah is interested in how values shape public health policy within a reflexive health practice context 
Maura McIntyre Ed.D.
Dr. Maura McIntyre is a SSHRC post doctoral fellow at The Centre for Arts Informed Research in the Department of Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) University of Toronto. The substantive focus of her research is Alzheimer's Disease, specifically the psychosocial dimensions of care and caregiving, and the contexts in which lives with dementia are lived. Current explorations of alterative research processes and forms of representations include: three dimensional installation art, photonarrative, and performance.
 Alim Nagji M.D., B.H.Sc.  
Alim Nagji M.D.  is currently a resident in Family Medicine at The University of Alberta and hopes to integrate his medical humanities research and international work experience in his future practice.   Dr. Nagji has been an avid actor, producer and writer for a number of years, founding his own production company, BackRowProduction.  Drawing on his extensive theatre experience, he has created a complementary communication course for first and second year medical students entitled Performative Reflection which has just completed its fourth year at the University of Alberta. His passion for teaching is fuelled by his strong desire to impart enhanced communication skills to medical students, recognizing the integral role they play in anchoring the patient-physician relationship.
 Aliye Runyan, M.D.
Education and Research Fellow
American Medical Student Association

Aliye Runyan M.D.  is an Education and Research Fellow at AMSA,  She has held national coordinator positions within the Humanistic Medicine, Wellness and Student Life, Medical Professionalism, and Medical Education action committees, and was immediate past National Chair of the Medical Education team. She is the founder, and director from 2008-2011, of the AMSA Medical Humanities Scholars Program.

Jasna Krmpotic Schwind RN, PhD
Dr Schwind is an Associate Professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada.  Her program of research focuses on reconstruction of experience within professional and therapeutic relationships in education and practice.  More specifically, using Narrative Inquiry, she explores the humanness within person-centred care in education and practice, and how these impact the quality of person’s illness experience.
To this end she has adapted a form of narrative reflection she terms Narrative Reflective Process (NRP), a creative self-expression strategy, which includes storytelling, metaphor, drawing and creative writing. NRP may be used as both a data collection strategy in research, as well as an implementation tool in practice.
 Carole Conde/Karl Beveridge
(photo by Carole Conde and Karl Beveridge)

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Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge are professional artists and  live and work in Toronto, Ontario.  They have collaborated with various trade unions and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic work over the past 25 years. Their work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally in both the trade union movement and art galleries and museums.   _______________________________________________

Andre Smith Ph.D.
Dr. André Smith has research interests in the areas of aging, mental health, ethnicity, and blood donation. His research program reflects a desire to understand the intersectionality of health and health-related behavior and their wider socio-cultural, institutional, and familial dimensions. Dr. Smith is affiliated with the University of Victoria’s Centre on Aging and has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. 
Louise Terry, PhD PGCHE LLB(Hons) FIBMS
Dr Louise Terry PhD PGCHE LLB (Hons) FIBMS is a healthcare professional (biomedical scientist) of over thirty years standing with a law degree and doctorate in medical law and ethics. Her thesis Saying No: Withholding and Withdrawing Medical Treatment explored how consultant doctors made decisions. She is a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at St Christopher’s Hospice (founded by Dame Cicely Saunders). She has taught ethics and law to undergraduate and post-graduate health and social care students at London South Bank University, London, United Kingdom, since 1998.
John J. Guiney Yallop Ph.D.
Dr. Guiney Yallop is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Acadia University. Dr. Guiney Yallop’s research includes poetic inquiry, narrative inquiry, autoethnography, and performative social science. He uses these methodologies to explore identities, communities, and emotional landscapes. His writing has appeared in literary and scholarly journals. His work has been featured in The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and the books, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change, and Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change.   He has presented widely at national and international conferences. 


Louise studied medicine at Bristol qualifying in 1997.  She returned to Bristol for her GP training and completed her MSc in Medical Education in 2006, which was a qualitative study of students' reflection and learning. Louise's teaching commitment involves being the element lead for the first year GP attachment and she also runs the third year communication skills session with actors and GP tutors. Particular areas of interest include communication skills, behaviour change, alcohol addiction and the use of arts and creativity in medical education

Contributor and Editor: Cheryl L. McLean,  Creative Arts in Humane Medicine

Cheryl L. McLean MA is an independent scholar and founder and publisher of  The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP.  She is editor of the text “Creative Arts in Humane Medicine”, Brush Education, and books “Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change” and “Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change” (2010,2011)  Detselig Temeron Press.

A college and university educator, Cheryl McLean has taught the course "Creative Responses to Death and Bereavement" at Western University, London.  She facilitates Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice (CAIP) workshops for professionals across disciplines (medical educators,  physicians, nurses and mental health professionals, palliative care, dietetics).   She is also trained as a group therapist and actor using arts based methods in research and therapeutic work and in ethnodramatic  performance  in aging and mental health  and has performed  original plays about issues in aging and healthcare for audiences across Canada and in the U.S.. 

Cheryl McLean continues her work as a theatre artist originating new plays and performing social change theatre in her community of London, Ontario.  She publishes new research in the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice in academic journals and books profiling leaders active in arts and medicine and is a keynote presenter in Canada and in the U.S. speaking about "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Research" raising awareness about the transformative role the arts have to play in research for community health, hope and change.  

She delivered the keynote address at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, "The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Research:  A New Pond of Interdisciplinary Opportunity,” for the Arts Based Research Network (Faculties of Arts, Professional Studies and Science) and was recently invited to be the guest facilitator for the American Medical Students’ Association AMSA  Medical Humanities Scholars' Program, "Perceptions of Physicians in Literature and the Arts:  Arts Alive and Thriving in Medical Education."   email:
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Publisher:  Brush Education