A curricular addition using art to enhance reflection on professional values

Byars, Lynn A., Stephens, Mark B., Durning, Steven J. and Denton, Gerald D. (2015) A curricular addition using art to enhance reflection on professional values. Military Medicine, 180 4S: 88-91. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00571

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Author Byars, Lynn A.
Stephens, Mark B.
Durning, Steven J.
Denton, Gerald D.
Title A curricular addition using art to enhance reflection on professional values
Journal name Military Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0026-4075
Publication date 2015-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00571
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 180
Issue 4S
Start page 88
End page 91
Total pages 4
Place of publication Bethesda, MD, United States
Publisher Association of Military Surgeons of the U S
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Art and humanities can enhance undergraduate medical education curricular objectives. Most commonly, art is used to help students learn observational skills, such as medical interviewing and physical diagnosis. Educators concurrently struggle to find ways to meaningfully teach professional values within crowded curricula.

Aim: This curriculum aimed to combine art and reflection to actively convey tenets of medical professionalism.

Setting: Internal medicine clerkship at a single institution.

Participants: Third-year students.

Program description: Students reviewed an online module describing attributes of medical professionalism before completing a 4-step written exercise stimulated by viewing a work of art and based on a critical incident from their own experiences. A faculty member reviewed the essays and facilitated small group discussion to normalize the students' emotional responses and generalize their observations to others.

Program evaluation: The curriculum was acceptable to students and enthusiastically received by faculty. Efforts to assess the effects and durability of the exercise on student behavior are ongoing.

Discussion: Artwork can enhance student reflection on professional values. This model efficiently and creatively meets curricular professionalism objectives.
Keyword Medical-education
Hidden curriculum
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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