Art in medicine programs: Student, academic, and practitioner perspectives
Associate ProfessorEleanor Flynn
Location: Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School
Art gallery visits in medical courses have been occurring for at least 20 years, particularly in North America and Britain. These programs usually focus on either the close observation of the art as a way of improving the clinical observation skills of participants or on the students’ emotional and empathic response to the art as a way of connecting them to the situations they witness in their clinical experiences (1). Many of the programs described are pilot programs or electives so not all students in a course get these experiences.
In the Melbourne MD all students in third year in 2015 had an art gallery experience provided in their teaching program. This research study aims to gain the views of the Melbourne MD students who attended the integrated art programs in the year following their experience, as well as interviewing academics and practitioners (from both medicine and art) to gain their ideas for the benefits of such programs.
- Eleanor Flynn, Associate Professor Department of Medical Education
- Heather Gaunt, Curator of Academic Programs, Potter Art Museum