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Yale Child Study Center Grand Rounds: The Heritage and Legacy Project

YCSC Special Lecture: Max Ritvo & Alan B. Slifka Program for the Medical Humanities

Session Description

The Heritage and Legacy Project is structured around the creation of "Heritage and Legacy," a 6 × 4 ft oil painting of 15 trainees (8 women, 7 men) from the Yale Child Study Center, painted between February 2020 and December 2022. Each studio sitting lasted approximately four hours and included an in-depth interview that was recorded and transcribed for qualitative analysis. Narrative inquiry was used as am analytic approach, a method that attends to unique stories and aims to make meaning out of individuals' life experiences. Individuals included in the painting represented different professional disciplines including child psychiatry, psychology, and social work.

The learning objectives for this session involve:

  1. The unique methodology of using a collective oil portrait as the basis for a qualitative study using narrative inquiry
  2. The impact of "before me" (Heritage) and "after me" (Legacy) on child mental health trainees
  3. Advancements at the intersection of visual arts and psychiatry

This will be a hybrid session, held live and in person from the Cohen Auditorium and simulcast via Zoom.

Continuing Education

The 2023-2024 YCSC Grand Rounds series has been approved for eligibility for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Yale School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Individual event designation details are provided at applicable live events.

This program has been approved for one Continuing Education Credit Hour by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychologist Licensure renewal. Additional information will be provided at the live event.

Established in memoriam to explore the interface between the arts and child/adolescent mental health, the multidisciplinary Max Ritvo ‘13 and Alan B. Slifka ‘51 Program for the Medical Humanities aims to improve the clinical experience of those affected by illness and strengthen the ability of providers to deliver compassionate care. It includes guest speaker and visiting scholar components, as well as culminating special lectures each spring.




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Grand Rounds
May 202414Tuesday