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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Work with Dartmouth Medical School Expands

A Dartmouth Medical School student carefully inspects a work in the Albright Galleries for visual clues and details.

In the spring of 2006 a new collaboration between the museum and Dartmouth Medical School began. The 2005-6 Annual Report of the Hood Museum of Art (p. 77) described how education staff at the Hood worked with medical school faculty to develop a workshop called The Art of Clinical Observation to enhance future doctor’s observation and diagnostic skills through looking at works of art. Over the course of the 2006-7 the museum expanded the program. All medical school faculty who teach sections of the first year On Doctoring course were invited to participate. In addition, educator Vivian Ladd created a special tour experience for the patient partner program that links medical students with persons with a chronic condition who live in the Upper Valley community. Last but certainly not least, a whole new DMS elective course called The Art and Craft of Medicine was developed by student Dan Kaser in collaboration with Ladd. Offered during the winter term, the elective explored the creation and discussion of medically related art in the studio and the museum. Three of the sessions took place at DMS and three took place in the museum’s study-storage center and galleries. Students focused on the depiction of the hospital, the anatomy lesson, and the doctor-patient relationship in works from the museum’s collection and drew still-lifes of medical instrumentation and the human form, in life and death.

Last Updated: 10/15/07