On the other side: listening to patients
Alita Anderson, M.D. ’01, has been performing a cultural awareness exercise in various iterations at Yale for nearly 15 years. Her goal is to convey to new medical students how cultural differences between patients and doctors can easily go unrecognized, to the detriment of the doctor-patient encounter.
How art sharpens students’ clinical skills
The sharp observational skills that every artist must cultivate are also helpful to physicians. The key to observation, whether in art or in medicine, is “removing interpretations and assumptions about what is in front of you,” says medical student Siyu Xiao.