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Welcome to Insights. A series of thought provoking discussions by leaders in arts, medicine and technology recorded live at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Insights Canada’s National Arts Centre

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Welcome to Insights. A series of thought provoking discussions by leaders in arts, medicine and technology recorded live at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

    Let's talk...but who goes first?

    Let's talk...but who goes first?

    Clara Hughes, a dual-season Olympian, is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both the summer and winter Olympic Games. She also knows what it’s like to weather more than one season when it comes to mental health. She joins Dr. Horton to talk about her decision to pursue public advocacy, and to discuss why performance-driven cultures like medicine and sport need personal narratives to help us get past stigma and back to health.


    Arts, Medicine and #Life is a series, hosted by internist, author, musician and award-winning medical educator Dr. Jillian Horton, that features world-renowned doctors and special guests speaking about their area of interest and expertise on as far-ranging topics as mindfulness, work-life balance and social accountability.

    • 1 hr
    Just where are you taking that history?

    Just where are you taking that history?

    Student doctors are taught a formulaic way of “taking” patient histories and repeating their stories. Somewhere along the way, the essence of the person - and why they are seeking care in the first place - is often lost. Join author and physician Dr. Jillian Horton in conversation with noted author and storyteller Ivan Coyote as they discuss the difference between professionalism and authenticity and how medicine can begin to see its history problem - as well as its historical and systemic bias against LGBTQ2+ people - with a view to creating something better.


    Ivan Coyote is an author and storyteller who was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. In 2021 Ivan will mark 27 years on the road as an international touring storyteller and musician, and release their thirteenth book, Care Of: Letters, Connections and Cures. Coyote’s stories grapple with the complex and intensely personal topics of gender identity, family, class, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, and a quick wit. Ivan's stories manage to handle both the hilarious and the historical with reverence and compassion, and remind us all of our own fallible and imperfect humanity, while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.


    Arts, Medicine and #Life is a series, hosted by internist, author, musician and award-winning medical educator Dr. Jillian Horton, that features world-renowned doctors speaking about their area of interest and expertise on as far-ranging topics as mindfulness, work-life balance and social accountability.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Beginning with the Truth with Dr. Alika Lafontaine

    Beginning with the Truth with Dr. Alika Lafontaine

    In this episode of the Arts, Medicine and #Life series Dr. Horton speaks with Dr. Alika Lafontaine about Indigenous healing and what we can all learn from it. The conversation also examines systemic racism, compassion and culturally safe care.



    Dr. Alika Lafontaine is an award-winning physician, past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and the first Indigenous physician listed by the Medical Post as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors. For four years he co-led the Indigenous Health Alliance project, one of the most ambitious Indigenous health transformation initiatives in Canadian history, which at its peak involved political Indigenous leadership representing more than 150 First Nations across three Provinces.


    Arts, Medicine and #Life is a series, hosted by internist, writer, musician and award-winning medical educator Dr. Jillian Horton, that features world-renowned doctors speaking about their area of interest and expertise on as far-ranging topics as mindfulness, work-life balance and social accountability.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    We are All Perfectly Fine: Book Launch

    We are All Perfectly Fine: Book Launch

    In this episode of Arts, Medicine and #Life the tables are turned for our host as Popular Music & Variety presents the national book launch of "We Are All Perfectly Fine" by Dr. Jillian Horton.


    Executive Producer Heather Gibson leads a dynamic and thoughtful conversation that includes readings by Dr. Horton.


    “Funny, fresh, and deeply affecting, We Are All Perfectly Fine is the story of a married mother of three on the brink of personal and professional collapse who attends rehab with a twist: a meditation retreat for burned-out doctors.”


    Thank you to Scotiabank, MD Financial Management and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) for their generous support of this podcast.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Hayley Wickenheiser in conversation with Dr. Jillian Horton

    Hayley Wickenheiser in conversation with Dr. Jillian Horton

    When five-time Olympic champion Hayley Wickenheiser retired from hockey after 23 years, holding the record for most assists, points and goals for the Canadian Women’s National Team, she set her sights on another challenge: becoming a doctor.  But while medicine and sports may seem to share certain similarities, they do not share a common culture when it comes to taking care of our bodies or preparing our minds for physical and mental challenges. IN particular, medicine operates under the assumption that physicians can override their physiologic and emotional needs without a safety net – or a supportive team – beneath them. In this, the second talk in our 2020/21 series, we’ll explore some of medicine’s blind spots, and what one of Canada’s most decorated athletes can tell us about the mindset and the cognitive shifts we need to make in order to survive the ordeal of the pandemic – and, ultimately, to change our culture.


    Thank you to Scotiabank, MD Financial Management and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) for their generous support of this podcast.

    • 45 min
    Words Matter: The Impact of Compassion

    Words Matter: The Impact of Compassion

    In this episode of Arts, Medicine and #Life series host Dr. Jillian Horton speaks with journalist Paul Adams and neurosurgeon Dr. John Sinclair, about the long and lasting impact of moments of compassion in clinical care, debunking the notion that compassion fatigue is an inevitable consequence of a life in medicine, and helping to chart a path forward for patients and healthcare providers looking for more humanity in medicine.

    • 44 min

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