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AMS Healthcare March Newsletter

Our new quarterly email newsletters will showcase what the AMS Healthcare Community is up to. If you have any news to share with us, please email and we can include it in our June Newsletter.

Awardee Spotlight

Bridget Ryan
2021 AMS Compassion & AI Fellow

Bridget’s research is in primary health care with a focus on patient-centered care. Her AMS project explores how family physicians provided care to patients during COVID-19 and how they can provide compassionate virtual and in-person care.
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Aaron Conway
2021 AMS Compassion & AI Grant Awardee

Aaron is a leading researcher in the field of procedural sedation and analgesia. His AMS project enables compassionate care using tech and AI to set up real-time instruction systems to alert patients when to stop eating and drinking before a medical procedure.
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Jennifer Fraser
2021 AMS History of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jennifer is a historian of medicine and chronic disease epidemiology. Her work focuses on the history of women’s health. Her AMS project traces how epidemiological ideas about hyperemesis gravidarum have evolved in Canada from the 1980s to the present day.
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In the News

AMS 2020 Compassion & AI Fellow Amol Verma and colleagues published an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail. 

"Research shows that people with developmental disabilities were twice as likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19. " Yet disability is not considered as grounds for priority-vaccine eligibility.
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History of Medicine Blog Series

We are launching a history of medicine blog series!
We invite the AMS Healthcare Community to submit articles (max 1000 words) about how the history of medicine research can and does act as a source of lessons that shape or inform Canadian healthcare today and tomorrow.
We will publish the blog posts to our website and feature one in each quarterly newsletter. You can submit your blog post to
This blog was written by AMS History of Medicine and Healthcare Program 2020 project grant recipient Catherine Carstairs and her colleagues from the University of Guelph. 
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Recent Podcast Episodes!

The Use of Technology in Compassionate ElderCare

Featuring 2020 AMS Compassion & AI Fellows Dorothy Kessler and Babak Taati

Listen here
Restoring Humanity in Healthcare by Addressing Moral Suffering

Featuring 2016 AMS Phoenix Fellow Ed Spilg, and Cynda Rushton
Listen here

Upcoming Events

Digital Compassion: Do you have a choice? 
Longwoods Breakfast with the Chiefs featuring Brian Hodges, David Wiljer, and Gillian Strudwick. Moderated by Will Falk.
May 17, 2022, 11:00am-12:00pm. 
Save the date to your calendar here

Research Opportunities

David Wiljer and his research team are looking for individuals to participate (20-min interview) in his research study- Accelerating the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care. You can learn more about the opportunity here. If you are interested, please email
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