Creativity & Humanism

Narrative Medicine Workshop for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC): Exploring our Experiences as Racialized Faculty

Date and Time: Monday, September 14th , 2020 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm EDT GMT-4

💻 Zoom Virtual Event, limited to first 30 registrants

Register for this event here: bit.ly/FacDevReg (select Narrative Medicine Workshop for BIPOC)

The aim of this workshop is to create a safe space where participants can share their experiences and begin to connect with their own writing voices. Participants who identify as BIPOC will gather over a Zoom platform with an experienced narrative medicine facilitator, and through a series of close reading and reflective writing exercises, will experience being both the story-teller and the story-listener.

Please note that this an interactive workshop where sharing in a safe space will be encouraged. We will be asking you to turn your video on :)

Learning objective:

Through a series of guided close reading and reflective writing exercises over a Zoom platform, workshop participants will:

  • Use the principles of narrative medicine to explore how being racialized has shaped their journey as a Faculty member.

About your facilitator

Dr Saroo Sharda, MD (@SarooSharda_MD) is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University. Dr Sharda is a trained creative writing coach and narrative medicine facilitator who writes and speaks about how stories are a powerful means for connection and wellbeing as well as a tool for advocacy and anti-racism. She identifies as a woman of colour, and has facilitated numerous workshops for healthcare professionals, including sessions specifically for BIPOC groups.

Her work has appeared in the CMAJ, BMJ, Anesthesiology, Today’s Parent and the Globe and Mail.

She holds a Masters in Medical Education and was awarded the Currie Fellowship at the Wilson Centre for Education at the University of Toronto. She is the inaugural Chair of the Physician Wellness Committee at the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society.

When not busy working or writing she is busy with the shenanigans of her 7-year-old and 4-year-old boys!