Museum Explores Arts Education in Medical Schools

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College will present a symposium, “Look Again: Strategic Arts-Based Education in Medical Schools,” as part of its  ongoing series of public forums and discussions on arts-based learning.

The symposium will be held March 26 from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Museum’s Main Gallery, and has been organized in conjunction with an exhibition of photographs by the artist Robert Frank that were loaned to the Museum by Thomas Jefferson University medical school in Philadelphia. The proceedings will encompass hands-on (eyes-on) workshops and panel discussions, as well as a Q&A session.

This program is one of several collaborative projects between the Museum and Thomas Jefferson University taking place throughout the semester. A reception is planned for 5 to 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended, as seating will be limited. For reservations, call Sue Calvin at 610-409-3500.

Panelists will include:
Sandra Bertman, Ph.D., National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida College, Newton, Mass.;
Laura Ferguson, artist; Artist-in-Residence, Master Scholars Medical Humanism Program, New York University School of Medicine; instructor, “Art and Anatomy” seminar, leading drawing sessions for medical students in the Anatomy Lab;
Barry Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., photographer; University of Rochester Medical Center, Departments of Biochemistry and Medical Humanities;
Alexa Miller, M.A., artist; Arts Learning Specialist, museum educator, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) consultant, and course facilitator for Harvard Medical School’s “Training the Eye: Improving the Art of Physical Diagnosis” curriculum;
Charles Pohl, M.D., Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Pediatric Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Director of Applied Arts Program.

Celebrating a milestone 20th year, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, known for its diverse collection and innovative educational programming, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and  noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and college holidays.  The Museum is accessible to the physically disabled, and admission is free. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.