INMD 7526

Medicine and the Arts


Jennie Magner
Course Coordinator

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    Catalog Description: This 2-week elective is offered to any third and fourth-year medical student interested in exploring the intersection of medicine and the arts.  Students will work with the course directors to tailor a course of study that will immerse them in forms of art and creative expression (such as literature, film, visual art, music, etc.) that reflect - and are inspired by - the practice of medicine.  They will meet in small groups periodically, and at least once as a whole group, during the two weeks to discuss their reactions to these artistic and creative works.  There will be a classroom asynchronous online discussion forum to which participants are expected to contribute comments.  Participants will write a reflective piece by the conclusion of the 2-week elective and are encouraged to consider submitting it for publication. (Students interested in doing so can with one of the course directors beyond the end of this elective.)


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    Unspecified Site for Academic/Research Purposes


    Required session attendance:

    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: Up to a total of 80 hours of activity which may extend beyond the actual course dates

    Direct patient care: No

    Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

    Course Objectives: By the end of this rotation, students will:

    • Reflect on a personally impactful experience
    • Articulate how the arts and creativity reflect the practice of medicine and can positively influence it
    • Describe how artistic and creative pursuits can reduce burnout, improve resilience, and maintain well-being

    Graded Components: 

    • Performance Assessment by course director

    Grading Scale: P/N


    Guest Faculty: Jon Hallberg, MD; Ben Trappey, MD; Anthony Williams, MD

    Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

    Limited to Student Type: No

    Course equivalency: N/A

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    Course evaluation: MedHub