May 16, 2013

Important Announcements

Welcome to Visiting Professor, Dr. Lorenzo Montali.  As part of a class exercise (INTD540), Dr. Montali conducted a “mini-ethnography / participant observation” for Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, Ab.

Find his notes about What is vibrant in “vibrant” Whyte Avenue HERE.

Programs and Events


Curricular Change: How to Survive and Thrive

Margaret L. Stuber, MD
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Well-Being and Career Advising;
Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Thursday, May 16 5:00 – 6:00p.m
Katz Group Centre 1-080

Heart of the Matter: Patient-Centred Care in Transition

Alan Bleakley, DPhil, PGDip, PGCert, BSc(Hons), FAcadMedEd
Professor of Medical Education and Medical Humanities, Plymouth University
Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (UK)
Friday, May 17 12:00 – 1:00p.m.
2F104 WMC, Classroom D

Learning from Patients: The Family Centred Experience Program

Arno Kumagai, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine (Endocrinology) and Medical Education
University of Michigan Medical School
Thursday, May 23 5:00 – 6:00p.m.
Katz Group Centre 1-080

For additional information, please contact Dr. Pamela Brett-MacLean at


Dr. Larkin is a Professor of Clinical Nursing, Head of Children’s Nursing, and Director of Clinical Academic Partnerships, School of Nursing, University College Dublin.

With expertise in Palliative Care and ethics, Dr. Larkin is a member of the the World Health Organization collaborative committee on Palliative Care for Older People, a Fellow with the European Academy of Nursing Science, and is leading an All-Ireland project to create an Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care.

Social Justice and Affective Equality: Embracing a new dialogue for palliative care

Palliative care, as an approach to the active management of life-limiting illness, has undergone a strategic shift from a cancer-orientated practice to one which, in theory, embraces a wider and more egalitarian context. Internationally, there are calls to see palliative care as a model of Social Justice, particularly where it responds to the WHO public health agenda in countries which face limitations in terms of access to care and medicines. As palliative care becomes more integrated into mainstream healthcare, it is important to examine why a social justice approach to palliative care is important for its continued sustainability. Utilising Baker et al.’s (2000) model of Affective Equality, the core issues of care, solidarity and love as core components of compassionate palliative care will be discussed. Four research projects currently underway in Ireland into social justice in palliative care will be presented as exmplars of how a deeper understanding of social justice offers a new dialogue for Palliative Care.

Thursday, May 23 4:00 – 5:00p.m.
ECHA L1-190

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

Please join us for a conversation about the challenges of doing research with highly vulnerable persons and the suitability of a relational ethics approach to research ethics.

Friday, May 24 12:00 – 1:00p.m.
ECHA 5-001

Bring your lunch! Coffee, tea, and sweets will be provided.

Outside the Pale: Addressing the synchronicity of mental health and palliative care

It has been proposed that a synchronicity exists between palliative care and mental health in terms of a mutual concern for person-centred care, humanity and compassion. In recent years, a number of national reports and publications have supported this view, most recently a Mental Health Foundation report in the UK which indicates the increasing number of people with chronic and enduring mental health problems in need of palliative and end-of-life care. However, despite new understanding of palliative care service models, certain groups, including mental health service users, remain frequently marginalised and excluded in terms of access and support. Through a case study presentation of Martin, a man with bi-polar disorder and metastatic colon cancer, the issues of exclusion (‘ outside the pale’) will be debated and a case offered for a more equitable model of palliative care for mental health service users, proffered.

Friday, May 24 4:00 – 5:00p.m.
Dvorkin Centre
2G2.07 Walter MacKenzie Centre
Unversity of Alberta Hospital

To register for Telehealth please visit: or contact your local Telehealth provider or

Research Presentation

“Multidisciplinary clinical research programs in oncology: Innovations and future directions”

Presenter: Edith Pituskin, PhD(c)
Applying for a tenure-track position with the Faculty of Nursing

Monday, May 27 12:00 – 1:00p.m.
ECHA 5-001

All faculty and students welcome.
A copy of Ms. Pituskin’s CV is available upon request from Margaret Taylor (

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