Can Art Heal and Help You Become a Better Doctor?

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    • Head of Gallery Learning at Museum of Fine Arts

    Brooke DiGiovanni Evans, M.ED is the Head of Gallery Learning at the MFA, Boston. She oversees 70 gallery programs each month for all ages. Brooke has worked in art, science, natural history, and history museums during tenure in museums. For several years, Brooke has been working with medical professionals locally and nationally using works of art to build a variety of skills helpful in their clinical practice. She holds an M.Ed from Harvard University and is a member of the Board of Directors for the national Museum Education Roundtable.

    • Fmr. Curator of Education at the Davis Museum & Consultant at Arts Practica

    Artist-educator Alexa Miller is a leading expert in visual art and clinical perception with a lifelong passion for reducing unnecessary harm in medicine. Miller has studied observation and its value in critical thinking processes with clinical teachers across a range of settings, starting with her experience as a co-creator of Harvard Medical School’s Training the Eye: Improving the Art of Physical Diagnosis, a course that produced researched outcomes on the impact of arts experiences on medical student learning, and in which she taught for over a decade. Miller’s consultancy, Arts Practica, offers arts-based workshops for healthcare providers to improve capacity in managing and communicating about uncertainty in the clinic. Formerly Curator of Education at the Davis Museum, Alexa has taught undergraduate courses in Education at both Brandeis University and at Wellesley College. Miller will serve as a 2018-2019 fellow with the Society for the Improvement of Diagnosis in Medicine.

    • Fellow at the Program in Medical Humanities at UCSF - UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program

    Marilyn McEntyre has taught literature, writing, and medical humanities to undergraduates and medical students for many years, most recently at the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program. She serves on the editorial boards of Literature and Medicine and the Online Database of Literature, Arts, and Medicine. Her books include Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies and a co-edited collection of essays, Teaching Literature and Medicine. She has been a regular member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and is a Fellow at the Program in Medical Humanities at UC Berkeley. She has written for Academic Medicine, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Literature and Medicine, Medical Humanities, and numerous other journals. She believes words are instruments of healing, and that poetry, along with the other arts, has an important place in medical education.

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    • Emeritus Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley

    Guy Micco is a physician who has combined teaching at UC Berkeley as a clinical professor, now emeritus, with a part time medical practice in hospice and palliative care. His interests include suffering, aging, and death; the interface of medicine and the humanities; and medical ethics. He is co-Director of the UC Berkeley Program for the Medical Humanities and former Director of the UC Berkeley Resource Center on Aging. For many years, while practicing primary care internal medicine in Berkeley, he was ethics committee chair at Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center.

  • Anna-leila Williams, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor of Medical Sciences at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University where she leads the curriculum content in behavioral and social sciences, public health, social determinants of health, and narrative medicine. In 2013, she founded the healthcare humanities journal, Arbor Vitae: Creatively Deliberating Health, Illness, and Humanity. She is Editor in Collaboration with a colleague from Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences. Dr. Williams received her PhD from Yale University and completed her post-doctoral training in psycho-oncology/palliative medicine at Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Williams’ research agenda focuses on cancer family caregivers. She is presently completing a book on health humanities and clinical care to be published by Routledge Press.

    • Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Utah Health

    Gretchen A. Case is an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she teaches arts and humanities to students, residents, physicians, and other health care providers. Dr. Case is the playwright and performer of several published works related to medicine and oral history, including “Tic(k)” and “Hx.” She earned a PhD in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Case has taught performance studies, theatre, writing, and medical/health humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill, UC-Berkeley, Florida State University, Northwestern University, Duke University, and the University of Utah.