October 2017 Art Rx Workshop
Dr. Simi Rahman led a workshop combining meditation and journal writing, powerful tools that support the vulnerability and growth of trainees in the medical field and allow them to engage with both compassion and resilience to the lived experiences of their patients.
January 2018 Art Rx Workshop
Scarred for life focused on the importance of memories associated with patient scars. Ted Meyer highlighted some of the more meaningful scars stories from his Scarred for Life collections. Audience members were encouraged to talk about their scars and their meanings. Ted was also ready to do scar prints of brave audience members.
This workshop was facilitated by Dr. Suraiya Rahman and Tresha Haefner from The Poetry Salon and aimed to support the professional and personal development of healthcare students and professionals of all disciplines.
This workshop was for health and mental health practitioners who wanted to incorporate the arts into their healing practices!
November 2018 Art Rx Workshop
Simi Rahman, MD, MACM, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Suraiya Simi Rahman completed her MBBS degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College, in Karachi, Pakistan, and Pediatric Residency at Jacobi Medical Center, The Bronx, New York. She spent her early career as a Pediatric Hospitalist at the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.
Moving to Los Angeles in 2010, she completed a Masters degree in Medical Education while designing and teaching courses in Professionalism and the Medical Humanities at the Keck School of Medicine.
She has given talks nationally and conducted workshops on innovations in medical education and teaches the Medical Arts and Humanities Selective at the Keck School of Medicine. At LAC+USC she designs and implements innovative curricula in leadership and medical education for the developing resident physician, she teaches inpatient clinical pediatrics, and is faculty mentor for residency mindfulness. Professor Rahman also practices yoga and extra-curriculars in the form of a Fiction Book Club and StorySlam evening for LA County Residents.
Art Rx Workshop Instructors
Tresha Faye Haefner, MA
Founder of Poetry Salon
Tresha Faye Haefner is a writer, editor, workshop-facilitator, and founder of The Poetry Salon,
Los Angeles where she uses her rich knowledge to guide other writers into accessing their authentic,
creative voice.She spent ten years teaching English, Social Studies and Creative Writing in private schools,
before receiving an M.A. Degree in Humanistic Psychology, with a specialization in creativity studies,
from Saybrook University. She has been an active member and teacher at California Poets in the Schools,
helped to curate the CPITS Anthology of Lesson Plans, Poetry Crossing, and has been a grant recipient
through the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-In-Residence program.
Outside traditional academy instruction, Tresha has learned at the feet of established, innovative poets such
as Kim Addonizio, Sally Ashton, Ellen Bass, Gabrielle Calvacoressi, Brendan Constantine, Matthew Dickman,
Jack Grapes, Suzanne Lummis, Eloise Klein Healy, Naomi Shihab-Nye, and founder of the Poetry Depths
Mystery School, Kim Rosen.
Her own work has been published in several journals, including BloodLotus, The Cincinnati Review Fourth
River, Hunger Mountain, Pirene’s Fountain, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. She is the recipient of
the 2011 Robert and Adele Schiff Poetry Prize, a 2015 Pushcart nominee, and author of the chapbook
Take This Longing from Finishing Line Press. She continues to read widely, attend regular readings and
workshops, and learn from every poet she meets.
Currently Tresha lives in Los Angeles, where she is founder of The Poetry Salon, a thriving artistic
community that all levels of expertise, who can choose between one-day writing workshops,
online e-classes and in-depth advanced core classes. Participants showcase their work four times
a year at cumulative class readings, and those women and men have gone on to publish award-winning,
cutting-edge work and even teach creative writing classes of their very own.
Artist in Residence, USC Keck School of Medicine
Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate who helps patients, students and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Ted’s 18-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars” chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through accidents and health crises.
Ted seeks to improve patient/physician communications and speaks about living as an artist with illness. Ted has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago tribune a, and USA Today. His work has been displayed internationally in museums, hospitals and galleries. As the current Artist in Residence at USC Keck School of Medicine, Ted curates exhibitions of artwork by patients whose subject matter coincides with the medical school curriculum. In addition, he is a visiting Scholar at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and was recently named The 2017 Sterling Visiting Professorship at Stanford University, and has been a TEDMED Mainstage speaker.