The University of Miami is adding Baroque paintings and Greek vases to its diagnostic arsenal.
Medical, nursing and physical therapy students at UM are supplementing their clinical training with visits to the Lowe Art Museum at the university’s Coral Gables campus. There, they discuss works of art in small groups, applying the concept of multiple interpretations of art to possible multiple diagnoses of a patient’s condition.
Hope Torrents, the Lowe’s school programs coordinator, calls these visits the Fine Art of Health Care. She runs the workshops, which began in 2008. Torrents hopes a visit to a museum can inspire a more humanistic generation of physicians.
“I have no idea what it means to sort of step into the shoes of a doctor and nurse. But I have been a patient and I have been a patient’s advocate,” she says. “It’s important for patients to connect with their healthcare practitioners and engage with them and to be heard.”
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The Fine Art of Health Care workshops are for UM students only, but the Lowe Art Museum can accommodate outside groups looking for a similar experience. For more information, visit miami.edu/Lowe.