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Conference Update

Please JOIN US in Winnipeg, Manitoba as we gather to explore the deeper role of the arts and humanities in Canadian Medical Education.

The conference will officially begin on Friday, April 28th at 3pm with a keynote address by Dr. Rita Charon.

We are deeply grateful to our friends at the Compassion Project for making Dr. Charon’s attendance at our conference a reality.

Following Dr. Charon’s presentation, there will be a plenary panel and a welcoming reception.  There will be additional arts-related activities on Friday evening including film and dramatic presentations.

On Saturday, April 29th, the conference will take place from 8:00 – 4:00.

A circuit of workshops will occur from approximately 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Rita Charon will conduct a workshop open to ALL participants from approximately 10:30 – 12:00.

After lunch, there will be a combination of plenaries, panels, short presentations and additional workshops, with the formal program TBA.

We expect that our final program will be announced by mid-March.

We are delighted to announce two further notable guests who will address us at Creating Space 2017:

Barbara Sibbald


Barbara Sibbald, an award-winning health journalist and author of two nonfiction books and two novels, has published extensively in magazines and newspapers, such as the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, Chatelaine and the Globe and Mail. She began working at CMAJ in 1998 as an associate editor in the news department and became editor of that department in 2003. Articles that she coauthored were twice cited for the Michener Award for meritorious public service in journalism. Her work has also been recognized with the Canadian Association of Journalists’ investigative journalism prize (2006), as well as two gold awards for breaking news from the Canadian Business Press. Two of her short stories were nominated for the Journey Prize in fiction writing.

Dr. Shane Neilson

Shane Neilson was born in New Brunswick. He attended the University of New Brunswick, where he completed his BSc. He obtained his MD from Dalhousie University, his MFA from the University of Guelph, and is currently a PhD candidate at McMaster University. Neilson is the author of five collections of poetry, and a two-time winner of the Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year Award.

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