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When art and medicine meet

When art and medicine meet

Physicians find that an interest in art can build observation skills, and help medical students become more empathetic and reflective.

At grand rounds in 1998, Irwin M. Braverman, M.D. ’55, HS ’56, professor of dermatology, realized that residents could be offering more complete descriptions of what they had observed about their patients. “It occurred to me that if I were to ask them to describe some object that they were totally unfamiliar with—like a painting—they wouldn’t know what was important or unimportant,” Braverman...

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Closing the circle—medicine re-engages with the humanities

Closing the circle—medicine re-engages with the humanities

Medicine rekindles an historic link with the humanities, a vital tool as students become physicians.

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Thirty years of the humanities at the School of Medicine

Thirty years of the humanities at the School of Medicine

Among the efforts in the humanities at Yale are writing programs, literary salons, and a symphony orchestra.

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Students share their “sharp and poignant moments” in literary journal

Students share their “sharp and poignant moments” in literary journal

Four years after it launched, the student-run literary journal <em>Murmurs</em> is thriving, publishing about 30 student works of poetry, visual art, and prose every year.

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Selections from Murmurs

Selections from Murmurs

Last summer saw the publication of the third volume of Murmurs, a literary journal edited by students at the School of Medicine.

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On the other side: listening to patients

On the other side: listening to patients

Alita Anderson, M.D. ’01, has been performing a cultural awareness exercise in various iterations at Yale for nearly 15 years. Her goal is to convey to new medical students how cultural differences between patients and doctors can easily go unrecognized, to the detriment of the doctor-patient encounter.

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Writing toward better care

Writing toward better care

How a third-year student found a way to share the power of such reflective writing with his classmates.

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How art sharpens students’ clinical skills

How art sharpens students’ clinical skills

The sharp observational skills that every artist must cultivate are also helpful to physicians. The key to observation, whether in art or in medicine, is “removing interpretations and assumptions about what is in front of you,” says medical student Siyu Xiao.

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“In Our Own Words”: Cancer patients tell their stories

“In Our Own Words”: Cancer patients tell their stories

By turns ironic, inspiring, sobering, and funny, essays in a booklet called “In Our Own Words” relate key moments in diagnosis and treatment, as well as observations and realizations made along the way.

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Art therapy: helping families cope with cancer

Art therapy: helping families cope with cancer

Engaging in artwork provides a welcome distraction for patients and families facing devastating illness.

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