Cultivating Humanism II:
A symposium on Medicine
and the Arts

Harvard Medical School

About the Workshops

 

GALLERY SESSIONS

There are three gallery sessions that will be held concurrently.  

                 Gallery Session

Presenters

Comments

Learning to Look 

 

Drs. Khoshbin and Ship with Judy Murray

 2:00 - 2:45 pm:  Dr. Amy Ship and Judy Murray
2:50 - 3:35 pm:  Dr. Amy Ship and Judy Murray
3:40 - 4:15 pm:  Dr. Shah Khoshbin and Judy Murray

Multidisciplinary Teamwork Training 

Dr. Joel Katz and Corinne Zimmermann

 All three sessions presented by Dr. Katz and Ms. Zimmermann

Personal Responses Tour

 

Dr. Elizabeth Gaufberg and Jessica Martinez

 All three sessions presented by Dr. Gaufberg and Ms. Martinez



Learning to Look

Careful, unbiased "observation" is the first and most important aspect of physical examination, yet little attention is paid to its teaching.  In this exercise, participants will learn and practice methods of "deep looking" utilizing works of art; these skills (looking, connecting, communicating) are directly relevant to successful medical practice.  

Multidisciplinary Teamwork Training

The extreme hierarchy prevalent in most health care settings is detrimental to multidisciplinary teamwork that will be required to transform healthcare from a doctor-centered to an accountable, patient-centered home for health promotion.  The art museum is a uniquely effective site to tackle the challenging topic of teamwork through a series of collaborative exercises, some of which participants will take part in during this gallery session.  

Personal Responses Tour
In this exercise, each participant receives an open-ended question -- the gallery objects inspire a response.  Participants serve as tour guide of 'their' works of art, and share discoveries with the group.  The process will echo and underscore the importance of reflection, observation and self-awareness in medical practice (and life).

WORKSHOPS

There will be several workshops held concurrently in three classrooms. Each will give participants the opportunity to have a more in-depth experience exploring the intersection between medicine and various art forms.

       

Time Slot

Room #

Presentations

Presenters

2:00 - 2:45

318

Letting go: Connecting Healer and Artist

Marian Brown

Laurie Glader, M.D.

2:00 - 2:45

406

Movement and Medicine
Noticing with the Body

Jill Johnson

Madelyn Ho, HMS 1 

2:00 - 2:45

515

Physician-Artists in History (Charcot and Cushing)

David Jones,M.D., Ph.D.

Shahram Khoshbin, M.D.

2:00 - 2:45

TBA

Learning to see through a Lens: Photography and Healing

Tiziana Rozzo

2:50 - 3:35

318

Literature and Healing

Karen Thornber, PhD

2:50 - 3:35

406

Narrative Medicine

Suzanne Koven,M.D.
Susan Pories, M.D.

2:50 - 3:35

515

"The Best Doctors go to Hell" Ancient Perspectives on Medicine

Thomas Heyne, M.D.
Andrea Schwartz, M.D.

2:50 - 3:35

Lecture Hall

The Edge of the Map- Bioethics on Stage

Jonathan Beckwith, Ph.D.

Mariel Pettee

3:40 - 4:15

318

Empowerment through Art

Evelyn Berde

Victoria Westcott

3:40 - 4:15

406

Literature and Medicine: Examples and Exploration

Gregory Abel, M.D.

Amy Ship, M.D.

3:40 - 4:15

515

Cognitive Music/Neuroscience

Lisa Wong, M.D.

Psyche Loui, Ph.D.

Cognitive Music and Neuroscience
The field of neuroscience and music has exploded over the past two decades thanks to new investigative techniques such as EEG and MRI. How can these new findings be applied clinically? What can these findings teach us about perception, learning, creativity, and empathy?  This interactive workshop will touch on a wide range of topics on music, neuroscience, and medicine. (Loui, Wong)

Empowerment Through Art
Sight, sound, smell and touch are used to convey how art can help the patients, families, and caregivers hold their feelings in the "safety net" of the art experience.  Original paintings and sculptures, fabrics, flowers, food, and music will fill our hearts and minds during this workshop. (Berde, Westcott)

Learning to see through a Lens

Different from a photography workshop, this experience of “looking through the camera” will provide you with the element of discovering a moment and engaging with your subject. By applying some of the techniques professional photographers use for looking at and connecting with a site, you’ll discover how the art of photography can bring you to unexpected places. Bring a digital camera and a spirit of participation. (Rozzo)

 

Letting Go: Connecting Healer and Artist

In this collaborative and interactive visual arts workshop facilitators and participants will investigate the dual identities of healer and artist in relationship to his or her own work, through the lens of collage making. Examining the question and struggle of 'letting go' when it comes to preconceived and imposed ideologies about art, art making and medicine, we will explore as a group how every artist is a healer and how every healer is in fact an artist. The final product will be a collaborative collage created from fabric paper that once was clothing. (Brown, Glader)

Literature and Healing

This workshop – Literature and Healing – will focus on how creative writing has grappled with disease and health, with particular focus on the roles of doctors and other healers in defining, curing, and preventing infirmity.  We will discuss the added perspectives that prose and poetry bring to medicine. (Thornber)

Literature and Medicine Drs. Ship and Abel will present two short literature pieces with medical themes.  Discussion will center on the role of literature in medicine and its role in healing, bearing witness, and development of empathy. (Abel, Ship)

Narrative Medicine

This will be a workshop in narrative medicine. It will include a brief introduction to this new discipline, a close  reading of a medically relevant short work of literature, and an opportunity to create and share reflective writing. (Koven, Pories)

 

Noticing with the Body

A workshop that presents tools for somatic insight and cultivating awareness of non-verbal insight. Led by Director of Dance at Harvard, Jill Johnson – a 26-year dance professional and self-described neurocognition geek – participants will explore ideas about noticing cues and prompts the body provides through a series of non-impact motion sequences. (No dance experience required). (Johnson, Ho)

Physician-Artists in History

Medicine has long fascinated artists, from Michelangelo to Rembrandt, Eakins, and others.  Many physicians have also been artists and used drawing, painting, or photography to capture their work or to pursue their own interests.  We will look at some works by two physician-artists -- Charcot and Cushing -- to explore the interface between art and medicine. (Jones, Khoshbin)

 

"The Best of Doctors Go to Hell": Ancient Perspectives on Medicine

Early Jewish and Christian texts seem to differ on whether doctors are agents of God or interfering in the divine plan. Together, we will analyze and discuss provocative Jewish and Christian texts to gain insight on our society's ideas of the role of medicine and physicians. (Heyne, Schwartz)

 

The Edge of the Map- Bioethics on Stage

We describe an unusual interdisciplinary project bringing together science students in Jon Beckwith’s course “Social Issues in Biology,” a theater director and dramatic arts students to develop an experimental theatrical piece that speaks to the double-edged impact of contemporary genetic research on society.(Beckwith, Pettee)

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