Medical Students Visit Art Museum to Become Better Future Doctors

To develop a foundation for the basic observation skills needed to become good physicians, close to 200 new students from the Class of 2013 in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine attended a Learning to Observe orientation event Thursday, August 6th at the Phoenix Art Museum (PAM), about 15 miles south of the MWU campus in downtown Phoenix.

AZCOM Dean Lori Kemper, D.O., and Associate Dean Mark Speicher, Ph.D., M.H.A., arranged the presentation in conjunction with a custom tour activity throughout many of the museum's galleries, from Modern to Asian, European, and Western. Students traveled in small groups to the museum for the afternoon, where they received thought-provoking instruction on how to observe, analyze, and interpret different artworks, including details such as emotion, color, and setting. After practicing the new skills in the galleries, the students came together again to discuss ways to apply their new observation skills to patient interactions.

This program, now in its second year, was runner-up last year in the Special Event category of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Communication Awards.