Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be a disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,


'Thank u Frontline' by Chris Mann (Alanis Morissette).  A tribute to all those working through the COVID-19 crisis.  View here

Pulse is published regularly online and you can subscribe to receive it by email.  It is a wonderful collection of stories, poems and more, related to health care that can be inspirational, moving and thought provoking.

Favourite Quotes to Share

If you have a favourite quote you would like to share that sends a message of hope during the COVID-19 Challenge  - contact us at medicinefaculty.development@usask.ca and we would love to post it.  When things get tough it is good to have a place that you can refer to for a little boost and some inspiration!

“… the past is written but the future is left for us to write and  we have powerful tools-  openness, optimism and the spirit of curiosity… fear is the great destroyer”  Star Treck: Picard, Episode 8, Jean-Luc Picard

"Helps to remember the objective: We're staying in so we can go back out.  We're staying apart so we can get back together.  We're loving one another WELL so we don't make one another SICK.  All our hard todays are for a lotta happier tomorrows." -Beth Moore


USask Continuing Medical Education has been developing a robust wellness program with Dr. Anita Chakravarti.  We highly recommend you access these resources though the CME link here

This is a link to the Faculty Development website at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell specifically to the Health Humanities page, which includes a  syllabus, PPTs, a poster, and a link to some articles collections.  This program was recommended by Alice Fornari who is happy to have it shared.  https://medicine.hofstra.edu/faculty/facdev/health-humanities.html

The American Association for the History of Medicine had an online conference on the COVID-19  pandemic with a historical perspective – these are a collection of very interesting videos from leading scholars of epidemics and public health.  View here  

In this guide from NYU Langone Health, find a list of resources about race and racism in medicine.  View here