To recognize and value creative expression as essential to health, healing and humanistic care.
Art is good medicine for both the artist and the observer. Art is used in the curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix to help medical students sharpen their skills in observation and description, foster critical thinking and improve communication skills. Medical students are challenged to explore the range of human emotion and perception of the world as conveyed visually. Through partnerships with museums — such as the Phoenix Art Museum and the University of Arizona Museum of Art — our students are offered programs in structured observation of artworks and discussion of fine arts concepts with the goal of improving their visual diagnostic skills and communication skills to ultimately enhance patient care. Medical students are challenged to explore the range of human emotion and perception of the world as conveyed visually.
- Partnership with the University of Arizona Museum of Art.
- Art in Medicine: Structured Observation of Artworks Toward Enhanced Patient Care (PDF) by Cynthia Standley, PhD.
International Association of Medical Science Educators, Poster Presentation (San Diego, June 2015).
Cynthia Standley, PhD