‘In Dialogue’ Episode 6: Dr. Chase Everett McMurren

In episode six of “In Dialogue,” CPSO EDI Lead and Medical Advisor Dr. Saroo Sharda speaks to Dr. Chase Everett McMurren, a family physician, psychotherapist, nâtawihôwêw (medicine man) and Indigenous Health Theme Lead for UofT’s MD program, about non-traditional approaches to medical education and patient care, specifically Indigenous health and methods of healing; cultural humility in medicine; and the role creativity can play in physicians’ own well-being as well as patients’ health.

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Dr. McMurren’s spirit name is “Water Song Medicine Keeper” and his ancestors are Michif/Métis, Celtic, French and Ukrainian. He’s an Assistant Professor and the Indigenous Practitioner Liaison within the Office of Indigenous Health at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and the physician lead for the home visiting program at Taddle Creek Family Health Team, where he provides care-at-home for long-living people with advanced illness. Dr. McMurren also provides medical psychotherapy, primarily to physicians and artists struggling with grief and overwhelm.

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