Why Art and Humanities in Medical Education?
Medicine is a science and an art. Increasingly, medical educators are promoting the value of incorporating arts and humanities in medical curricula, as evidenced by the Association of American Medical Colleges’ monograph entitled “The Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities (FRAHME) in Medical Education” (2020).
This elective, which is conducted remotely and open to M3 and M4 students across all campuses of the UICOM system, focuses on the application of creative arts and humanities disciplines to expand and enrich discourse about human health and well-being. These health humanities may take many forms, from the history of medicine to medical ethics, from literature and creative writing to music, film, and the visual arts. A portion of the instruction is dedicated to analysis and discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic through a health humanities lens. Students survey these forms together with the course director, Gina Pribaz, MFA, MA, and identify a form in which to realize a personal creative project. The assignment gives students wide latitude but ties back to the FRAHME Prism Model:
Create an artistic or analytic health humanities project that has as its aim one of the four functions of the FRAHME model for art and humanities in medical education: (1) mastering skills, (2) perspective-taking, (3) personal insight, and (4) social advocacy.
Please enjoy our online gallery! We hope these projects inspire you to think about health and well-being in ways that enhance the healthcare encounter for patients and physicians alike.