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At UCLA, Teaching Doctors with Art

Artist: Daphne Hill

Artist: Daphne Hill

Second year students at University of California, Los Angeles take a break to visit an art exhibit. The show is titled “Venereal Narratives and Other Cautionary Tales,” created by Daphne Hill, and features colorful collages that combine images of romantic couples and the microorganisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases. The show is part of a project that tries to teach medical students about the importance of showing compassion for their patients. “We’re learning about infectious disease right now, so this exhibit is really humanizing,” said medical student Lauren Wolchok. The artist describes her work as a way to deal with her fears about infectious diseases.

In order to prevent medical students from beginning to see patients as  “subjects,” rather than people, the initiative was developed by artist in residence Ted Meyer and Senior Associate Dean LuAnn Wilkerson. It features a series of exhibits at UCLA’s Learning Resource Center. “The Doctoring Program is already about learning how patients experience illness,” Wilkerson said. “Doing this requires really being able to see life from a different perspective.”

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NYU Med Students Get to See Patients on First Day

doctor med schoolWhen you think of first-year medical students, you probably think of them listening to lectures, jotting notes about diseases and dissecting specimens in a lab. Not long ago, you would have been right. Medical students had to wait until their third year before they could see patients.

That’s not the case at New York University School of Medicine. Students get to see patients on their first day of class.

“I am possibly the worst patient in the world to have,” an H.I.V.-positive tuberculosis patient said to the first-year medical students in an NYU lecture hall as they attentively scribbled notes. “I thought I had the common cold. It went on for months.” Read the rest of this entry »


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