Art and Medicine

Research, resources, and course that cultivate connections between art history and medical education.

Image: Manuel Martagon

Embracing a more humanistic understanding of health and well-being is part of a new movement toward improving physicians’ clinical training. By developing observation, critical thinking and communication skills, medical students relate these to diagnostic practices and their work with patients.

The use of original works of art from museum collections is a unique approach to engaging medical students, residents, physicians and nurses in an innovative learning process. Medical schools are expanding their education programs by partnering with local art museums.

Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, is currently leading several initiatives.