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Educational Projects And Programs

The Language of the Enigmatic Object: Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain. 2013
Jonathan Fineberg, Ph.D., Gutgsell Professor of Art History Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and adjunct curator of the Parrish Museum in Southampton, New York, presents a series of 4 lectures that examine how the language of visual thinking works in relation to psychodynamics of the unconscious, politics, and the structure and evolution of the brain.

The Arts and Medicine: Lecture series. 2013.
Faculty from the UCI School of the Arts present brown-bag talks on their visual or performing arts specialty and speculate about its connections with medicine and clinical practice.

Plexus at the Bowers Jan 2013.
Student editors presented the philosophy, art, and impact of Plexus on their views of doctoring at an event at the Bowers Museum open to the community.

Night at the Museum Feb 2013.
James Swinden, president of the Irvine Art Museum, hosted a group of 15 UCI-SOM students on a tour of the museum exhibit. Dr. Joel Shallit presented a session on visual thinking strategies with special emphasis on implications for patient care.

Guest doctoral student Oct-Dec 2011.
Martina de Teodoro, a doctoral student from the University of Bologna, spent 2 ½ months at UCI-SOM conducting dissertation research on the effect on students of the Program in Medical Humanities & Arts.

Creative Writing and Medicine Dec 2013.
Kelli Auerbach, MFA, instructor at CalArts, presented a lecture to the literature and medicine elective students.

Medicine in Translation, June, 2011.
Danielle Ofri, M.D., internist, nationally recognized speaker, and editor of the Bellevue Literary Review presented Medicine Grand Rounds and conducted a faculty development session for Geriatrics on translational aspects of medicine across language and culture.

Music heals. February, 2010.
Blayne Marleaux, a local classic rock and blues guitarist and songwriter, spoke to the second year elective class “The Arts and Medicine” about how his experience with head-and-neck cancer has informed his music.

The anatomy of art. February, 2010.

Carol Goldmark, a well-known local artist whose work explores life and death through botanical imagery, spoke to the second year elective class “The Arts and Medicine,” about how a life-threatening motor vehicle accident came to inform her painting and drawing, as she incorporated her own anatomical structures and xrays into her floral compositions.

Cultural Competence: Poetry and the Importance of Voice in the Illness,
lecture by Rafael Campo, M.A., M.D., D.Litt, Jan 2010

Experience The earliest of civilizations, from many Native American cultures to the ancient Greeks, recognized an inextricable interrelationship between poetry and healing. Surely, the best poems we have today demand that we listen­not just with our ears, but with our whole hearts. This lecture will investigate the link between creative self-expression and healing, and will contrast a “biocultural” narrative of illness with the restrictive biomedical apparatus encountered in American health care today. Hear how poetry joins us empathetically, through its sound and structure as much as through its insistent invitation to share in diverse human experiences, and learn how it may not only help to heal medicine, but also to restore our careworn souls.

Medical Student Photographic Art Installation, UC Irvine Medical Center, 2009

With funding from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and as a result of the dedicated leadership of Christina Umber MSIV, a permanent exhibit of medical student photographs was installed in the UC Irvine Medical Center, with the intention of lifting the spirits and inspiring both patients and staff.

Training The Medical Gaze: Uses Of The Arts In Medical Education Jan 2003

Medicine and art have always had important things to teach each other. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci dissected cadavers to understand the human body, while medical texts long relied on skilled illustrations to represent their science. But in the twenty-first century, with all the sophisticated technological tools available to physicians for discovering pathology and diagnosing disease, does art still have anything valuable to teach medicine?

Deep Canyon: One Woman's Experience with Ovarian Cancer June, 2002

Annan Paterson, Thursday, June 6, 2002
A solo performance that explores the journey of a young wife, mother, and career woman who receives the unexpected and terrifying diagnosis of cancer.

Anatomy Of Anatomy: In Images and Words Jan 2002

A Photographic Exploration Of Issues Confronting First Year Medical Students During Their Rite Of Passage: The Gross Anatomy Course

Living in the Bonus Round Oct 2001

Written and Performed by Steve Schalchlin
In a one-hour program of story and song, lauded by the New York Times, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, Steve Schalchlin presents a positive and uplifting profile of one life with HIV.

Tamkin Medical Education Symposium Feb 2001
The Role Of Medical Humanities In Medical Education

...there is renewed interest among medical educators for pedagogical methods to help both experienced physicians and physicians-in-training maintain personal humanity and professional commitment. One important methodological approach to these challenges that is attracting increasing interest is in the field of medical humanities, including the integration of literature and the arts into medical education activities.

Medical Student Art Exhibits

The Office of Student Affairs, under the leadership of Dr. Marianne Ross, organizes the occasional exhibit of medical student art.

Photography and Medicine

Eric Hegedus, MS I, November, 2001
"Art has been a part of my life, in some form or another, for as long as I can remember. My creative expression manifests itself in the form of photography. "