Layers of Medicine – Artwork by Medical Students

Joan M. Gregory

Joan M. Gregory
Associate Director, Access and Inclusion

April 17 – May 18, 2018
Main and Upper Levels, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Open during Library Hours

The Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) is now featuring the Layers of Medicine exhibit of art created by medical school students enrolled in the Layers of Medicine course which addresses the human elements of healthcare and medical training that are “layered” on top of scientific knowledge and clinic skills.  Stop by during Library hours (perhaps on your way to or from a class/meeting in HSEB) to see this amazing collection of artistic interpretations of the human side of medicine in which burnout,  death, disability, gender, ethics, the art of giving and receiving medical care, and much more are explored through art and artistic expression. The Library’s Main and Upper Levels will be home to this interactive and engaging display of student work until May 18th.   Experience disease as one facet contributing to the unique and perfect “circle” of your patient, watch  the stages of grief reveal themselves within a single photo, contemplate the importance of listening fully as a patient speaks, and feel the impact of self-esteem taking a “hit” during medical school.

Course directors, Gretchen Case, PhD and Karly Pippitt, MD, FAAFP, emphasize the role ethics, humanities, communication, and gender play in giving and receiving medical care. The art project is assigned to the medical students to provide them an opportunity to personally and creatively explore the unique relationships and challenges of practicing medicine. The course directors’ hopes are that students start to think differently about health care, and express their talents and creativity in alternative ways.

EHSL is also pleased to announce new artwork in two locations – Upper Level, West Entrance and Main Level, near the treadmill desks and the elevator.   Here you will find featured student art from previous Layers of Medicine exhibits.   Five pieces are currently on display:  A Different Angle (Emery Boudreau), Building My Patient (Emily Kauwe), No Yield (Brian M. Besch), Precision of Medicine [Calligraphy] (Rachelle Perkins), and Radiograph (Edwin Lin).

Make a point to come by to appreciate and explore these collections.  Dare to be inspired, to question your assumptions, to think differently about health care, and to dive deeply into the challenges and rewards of the human interactions of the practice of medicine.

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