Allan Peterkin

is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities ( and is Faculty Humanities Lead for Undergraduate Medical Education . He completed undergraduate studies in English and French literature and completed residencies in family medicine and psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal.He is the author of 16 books for adults on medical humanities, cultural history ,narrative medicine, human sexuality and physician wellness including “Staying Human During Residency Training-How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School (now in its sixth edition). He has published 3 picture books for children ,“The Flyaway Blanket” ( Magination Press) being the latest.

His poetry and fiction have been published and anthologized in the US, Canada and the UK. Dr. Peterkin is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities ( and has been a humanities editor with both the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) and Medical Humanities (BMJ). He sits on advisory boards with the International Health Humanities Network, AMH (The Association of Medical Humanities-UK) , CREATING SPACE (Canada) and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the University of Colorado (Denver). You can contact him by filling out the form below.

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