The RISD Museum continues to build a robust collaboration with Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, providing professional-development opportunities for premedical students, medical students, residents, and practicing attending physicians. In workshops and courses held at the Museum, current and future physicians build skills in nuanced observation, mindful attention to individual thought patterns, and awareness of personal biases—skills which are directly applicable to clinical practice.
Led by interdisciplinary teams of museum educators and medical professionals, participants engage with works of art and design through close looking and discussion, as well as drawing and creative-writing exercises. Reflective, collegial conversation engages participants in actively connecting the sessions with their clinical work, and in considering ways to apply what they have learned to their professional practice.
Clinical Arts sessions the RISD Museum has offered include:
Creative Dimensions of Clinical Decision Making, a Brown University seminar course for premedical undergraduates, co-facilitated by Jay Baruch, MD
Artful Medicine, accredited continuing medical education workshops for practicing physicians, co-facilitated with Jane Hesser MFA, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Arts Series, workshops integrated into the curriculum of the Alpert Medical School’s dermatology residency program, with the support of John Kawaoka, MD
Integrated Clinic Arts Sessions, sessions for first year medical students of Alpert Medical School
The Weight of Pain, a workshop series for the Alpert Medical School’s emergency medicine physicians and residents, co-facilitated with Bonnie Marr, MD
Cops and Docs, evening sessions for police detectives and practicing physicians, with the support of Fred Schiffman, MD
To learn more or to request information about upcoming sessions, please contact the associate educator of academic and public programs.