Canadian Association for Health Humanities

Annual Meeting



All positions are open! Nominations must be received by Noon EST, April 25, 2018. For more information and the nomination form click here.

The Executive Committee will be elected at the Creating Space meeting in Halifax on April 27, 2018 at 5 pm.


Creating Space VIII:  April 27-28, 2018, Halifax, NS

Theme: Fostering Critical Thinking through the Arts and Humanities 


  • Teaching and Education
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Engaging Community

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Alan Bleakley:

Title: Critical thinking in a ‘post-truth’ era: medicine’s dilemma

Dr. Pat Croskerry:

Title: Teaching the scarecrow: Critical thinking to improve clinical decision making

Dr. Jock Murray:

Title:  Integrating the Humanities at Dalhousie University: A longstanding Debate


Creating Space (CS) is an annual meeting exploring the evolving use of arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS) in healthcare education and clinical care. Over the last seven years, CS has become an annual summit where scholars, artists and practitioners gather to discuss how to cultivate the best and most humanistic characteristics of health care professionals.  There has been increasing emphasis on the importance of critical thinking in patient care and the significant number of medical errors that occur through errors in health professionals thinking.  This meeting will focus on how the the Arts and Humanities can be used to foster critical thinking and provide opportunities for reflection and a willingness to challenge one anothers thinking.

Instructional Methods

The conference includes individuals from a variety of disciplines. This two day conference will include three keynote addresses, short papers, panel discussions, poster sessions, pecha kucha, workshops and performances. There will be opportunities to network with likeminded colleagues.

Target Audience

CSVIII seeks to include scholars, educators, artists and practitioners from multiple disciplines whose work involves in the intersection of the AHSS disciplines and health professions.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define what critical thinking in the health professions and humanities means.
  2. Describe the impact of cognitive bias on patient care.
  3. Provide examples of how the arts and humanities can foster critical thinking and positively impact patient care.

Types of proposals: Recognizing the emerging role of AHSS approaches and interdisciplinary scholarship,Creating Space VIII offers authors the opportunity to display creatively their research and educational achievements, experiences and thoughts. Abstracts may be presented in the form of:

  • Research presentation: 15 minutes (10 mins plus 5 mins for questions)
  • Novel humanities educational experiences:  15 minutes (10 mins plus 5 mins for questions)
  • Panel presentation: 60 minutes
  • Limited Group Workshop: 90 minutes (maximum of 25% didactic teaching).
  • Pecha Kucha: 20 slides with 20 seconds each slide
  • Performance: 30 minutes
  • Poster presentation

Proposal Guidelines: Please use the Creating Spaces VIII Abstract Submission Form to submit your abstract.

Deadline for submission : Proposals are due no later than midnight Atlantic Time January 15th, 2018.

To Submit a Proposal : All proposals must be submitted to the following address:

*Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed in late February, 2018.

PLEASE VISIT WWW.CAHH.CA, the new website for the Canadian Association For Health Humanities and attend the business meeting in Halifax to elect officers for our new association!

Upcoming Creating Space Meeting

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Join us for Creating Space VIII in Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 27-28, 2018.

A call for submissions will be posted shortly. For more information, contact Wendy Stewart, MD (Dalhousie, Faculty of Medicine) at

We will be formalizing the creation of the CAHH and holding elections for Association officers at this year’s meeting. Stay tuned!

Also watch for the annual call for submissions for the White Coat, Warm HeART exhibit also held in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education. For more information, contact Carol Ann Courneya, PhD (UBC, Faculty of Medicine) at or Pamela Brett-MacLean, PhD (UAlberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) at


Past Creating Space Programs

2011 | 20122013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017