Flint, MI – Each patient serving in the healthcare field is unique in their own background, personal experiences and ideas.
As society evolves and changes, health care providers are challenging themselves to find better and more insightful ways to care for the wider range of patients found in the medical field.
Nij Patel is a third-year medical student at the College of Medicine at Michigan State University.
Patel studied sociology for a degree at St. Louis University. It was during that time that he first developed a workshop that would give people a better understanding of the concepts and observations of works of art.
Developed “The Art of Observation Workshop” in collaboration with the Flint Institute of Arts, MSU’s College of Medicine.
The aim of the workshop is to enable healthcare professionals to work with the ability to gather subtleties when speaking to patients from the medical field by practicing their observation skills while viewing specific art forms.
“I always like to bring that essence into the art of medicine, and I think there’s a lot of overlap here that really connects the two people,” Patel said. “The term Art of Medicine is very broad. Medicine is one such scientific proof.
“However, there are a lot of gray areas in medicine because people come in different sizes, shapes, personalities and characters. That’s where I think art fills in medicine.
The workshop began on Sunday, March 13, in a classroom within the FIA.
The medical students were presented with exemplary art forms and then discussed with a group leader.
The purpose of the classroom was to learn how to observe, understand, and discuss artwork.
“We are going to apply visual thinking strategies,” Patel said. “It’s a way of understanding any work of art and applying it in a medical sense.”
After the students understood the essence of VTS, the group walked through the museum and observed and discussed specially selected works of art.
The five different art forms chosen represent not only the emotions of human beings but also the circumstances of the individual.
“Through this VTS, we can learn to use it to help diagnose patients in the medical field, to see what diseases they are currently suffering from, or to see what we as providers can do to care for this person in a unique way. To them, ‘said Patel.
The workshop had three main objectives:
– Can take precautions and observations that may actually be lost when looking at something at first, sit in silence and digest what is happening.
– Self-reflection, discovering why a person thinks in a particular way and identifying personal biases and experiences that affect how they view a work of art and how they view a patient
-Learn to work in a group setting and create a safe space where ideas and ideas can be shared
Commenting on our partnership with MSU, the curator of education at the Flint Institute of the Arts, Monique D’Sormo, said:
Working with medical students at Michigan State University College of Medicine, our collection and space as health care professionals shows how to enhance their abilities and is a perfect example of a passion for art in a meaningful way in all areas of life, ”she added.
Patel said he hoped the workshop would be a repetitive educational program that would continue to integrate medical professionals into the community in a deeper and more conscious way.
“I want to make this a series and focus on different aspects of observation,” Patel said. “Things like compassion, empathy, and healing hands. I think they are all good themes that arise when observing works of art.
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