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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  |  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

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Arts in Medical Education

Gina Pribaz Vozenilek, MFA, MA
Writer, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Ryoko Hamaguchi
Medical Student, Harvard Medical School
Elizabeth Gaufberg
Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance

Writing to Know What We Think: A Creative Writing Workshop Model for Medical Students to Engage Healthcare Topics Together Through Art

Gina Pribaz Vozenilek (interactive) 

Medical students, preoccupied with acquiring knowledge in a competitive environment, are rarely asked to pause and consider the “why” of what they are learning. This session will demonstrate a creative writing workshop model that has been developed to help medical students explore what they think about the ethical and emotional complexities that underpin real world medicine. Writing creatively in a constructive group environment creates community and connection among writers and can guide them to fresh insights, perspectives, self-awareness, and compassionate competence. This activity will consist of an overview of the Amherst Writer’s Method, a brief discussion of a poem, a writing prompt, and guidance in helpful feedback and discussion.


The Human Portrait: An Application of the Visual Arts in Medicine

Ryoko Hamaguchi 

This talk contextualizes three case examples of my work within a broader ethical fabric of the integration of the arts in medicine. Initially a single set of portraits of organ donors and recipients in the cystic fibrosis community, my work now includes more than thirty live patient portraits, giving voice to patient narratives that enrich our often-myopic understanding of disease. I discuss the potential of the visual arts as a vehicle of community-building in medicine, as well as the ethical dilemmas that pervade this work, including the danger of sensationalizing human suffering at the expense of artistic expression.


Integrating the Arts and Humanities into Medical Education: From Fun to Fundamental

Elizabeth Gaufberg

A growing evidence base suggests that learning experiences that integrate the arts and humanities within medical education may lead to a variety of important learning outcomes. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has launched a major strategic initiative to advance the integration of the arts and humanities across the continuum of medical education.This session will provide an overview of the AAMC strategic initiative, as well as highlight successful approaches to arts and humanities teaching within medical education. The presentation will make linkages to key medical education learning outcomes, as well as to the educational research that supports these practices.


SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH