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Second Cohort of AMS Phoenix Fellows Announced

July 11, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – Associated Medical Services (AMS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 AMS Phoenix Fellowship award. The fellowship is a key cornerstone of the AMS Phoenix Project. This is the second year that a small select group of talented health professionals from across Ontario have been granted this prestigious award in recognition of their leadership in advancing compassionate health care. 

The six recipients of the 2013 AMS Phoenix Fellowship are: 

Kerry Boyd, MD, FRCPC
McMaster University
“A Curriculum of Caring”
Marion C.E. Briggs, BScPT, MA, DMan
Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)
“The Social Nature of Practice: A Neglected Conversation in Person-Centred Care and Interprofessional Collaboration”
K. Michael Hartwick, MD, FRCPC
University of Ottawa
“Fostering Rapport and Ethical Therapeutic Relationships in Acute Care”
Kathryn Parker, PhD
University of Toronto
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
“Compassionate and Relational Approaches to Leading Change and Evaluating Educational Programming within Complex Systems”
Trisha Parsons, PhD
Queen’s University
“The Personal Health Care Story as a Catalyst for Person‐Centered Care”/em>
Paula Rowland, PhD
University Health Network
“Patients as Partners: Exploring the Way Forward”

The intent of the AMS Phoenix Fellowship is to provide support to individuals to allow them to devote time to engage in leadership activities that will influence how health professionals develop and sustain their communication skills, empathy, and professional values in learning and practice environments. Fellows build capacity in their home institution and across the province to enable more humane and supportive teaching and practice.

“This year’s AMS Phoenix Fellows were selected on the basis of their strong leadership abilities and their potential to build a network of supporters within their regions to advance compassion, empathy and restore the human dimension that lies at the core of what it means to provide good health care. The work undertaken by this year’s Fellows will help to improve teamwork, strengthen interdisciplinary communication and appreciation for the roles and contributions of others” said AMS Phoenix Project Lead, Dr. Brian Hodges. “The success of the AMS Phoenix Project and its fellowship program will mean that five years down the road we will have in place education and practice innovations and new networks of individuals committed to re-centering compassion in health care.”

This year’s fellowship was open to all health professionals involved in education, clinical practice or research. The next round of applications for the AMS Phoenix Fellowship will be announced in January 2014. For additional information about the AMS Phoenix Fellowships visit the AMS website www.theamsphoenix.ca

For further information contact:

Bev Nickoloff,

Project Consultant, The AMS Phoenix Project

416 484 4523

bev.nickoloff@sympatico.ca