Visual Arts Training for Healthcare Professionals
Many medical and some nursing schools in USA are using art galleries and visual arts programmes in pedagogical approaches in health education to:
Linda Friedlaendar, Senior Curator of Education at the Yale Center for British Art, one of the originators of the "Enhancing Observation Skills" programme, spoke in November 2015 at a very successful interdisciplinary event
" Do you see what I see?", in the Reynold's room in the Royal Academy of Art, London.
In response to a personal experience of a doctor's poor manner, Linda collaborated with, now Emeritus Professor of Dermatology, Irwin Braverman, fifteen years ago to develop a programme to make medical students in training more observant, more attuned to the needs of people, and more alert to ambiguous issues while taking a history and examination. A controlled study over a two year period showed a marked increase in observational skills in the medical students who had this museum intervention. Since the study (Dolev et al, 2001) was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the programme has become mandatory for all first year medical students at Yale. It has been adopted at over 50 medical and nursing schools in the USA and abroad and has been extended to the School of Physician Assistants.