Art of Observation

Observation, description, and interpretation are essential skills in clinical diagnosis. These talents are also requisite in the visual arts. Thus, if medical students can improve their skills of observation in a safe environment by first looking at selected portrait art, this will translate to enhanced skills when observing medical photographs and, ultimately, when seeing a patient.

In a novel collaboration between The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, UT Medical School, and the UT School of Dentistry, students can spend three evenings at the Museum enhancing their observational skills. Under the directon of experienced docents and UT faculty, students are provided with a unique learning opportunity.

Art of Observation is offered each Fall and Spring semester, and is held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston during the evening from 5:30 to 7:40 pm; dinner is served for attendees. Note that enrollment is limited and registration is required in order to attend the class.

In order to receive blue book credit, students must attend all three evening sessions. Enrollment is limited, so sign up early!

Schedule for Fall 2014

Lecture Title
September 4 Close Observation?
September 11 Unbiased Analysis
September 18 Clear, Empathetic Communication


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