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Weaving Humanities and Arts into the Fabric of Medicine: A Virtual Workshop & Film Discussion

November 13th, 2020



In collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the National Academies will hold a virtual workshop on the unique and valuable role the arts and humanities can play in medicine, medical education, and clinician wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will draw upon lessons learned from the 2018 National Academies study, Branches from the Same Tree: The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education and the soon to be released AAMC report, The Fundamental Role of the Arts and Humanities in Medical Education. The event will feature a tapestry of activities and demonstrations that showcase current, integrative arts and humanities approaches to teaching and learning in medicine.

The event will explore lessons from:

  • earlier pandemics for current practice in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • history and literature about the impact of race and racism on health equity;
  • the performing or visual arts on listening and communication; and
  • the arts and humanities for self-reflection, meaning-making, and self-care.

Keynote Speaker:

  • David Skorton, MD, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Immediately following the virtual workshop, we will continue the discussion with a viewing of a new film, Why Doctors Write: Finding Humanity in Medicine. (view the film trailer at https://www.kbprods.com/portfolio/why-doctors-write/). The 35-minute documentary is about the expanding movement in medicine to use writing, humanities, and the arts to support clinicians and trainees in dealing with the challenges of health care today. The director, Ken Browne, along with doctors featured in the film, will join us in a virtual discussion, taking your questions and comments about the power of prose.

The event is on Monday, December 7, 2020, from 2:00-5:15 p.m. EST.

Registration is available here.

Composition information:

Untitled purple, 16″x20″, Acrylic and Glitter on Canvas

If you have not done so already, please take 2 minutes to complete a questionnaire before embarking on the Journal Club:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScC_RiZd6gtBlX1IER6z9P7cofc9LlqJ9Sy4Y6L8M9aOWMGQQ/viewform

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