In recent years, collaboration between medical educators and art museum educators has emerged as an important trend. The museum environment can support a kind of professional reflection and conversation that is difficult to develop in a medical setting. Skills such as close looking, empathic communication, resilience, and cultural awareness may also be developed in the art museum when plans for the visit are developed with attention to their relevance to health professions. Working across disciplines requires identifying and cultivating a strong partner as well as clear communication about goals and possibilities. The following tips were developed by museum educators based on their extensive experience working with medical students, interns, residents and faculty at Harvard Medical School and the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School over the past twelve years.
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The authors are grateful to the many medical educators who have inspired and encouraged us to focus on this work, committed their time and resources to activate an experimental and iterative process, and helped us grow as teachers. These generous collaborators include Drs. Swati Avashia, Elizabeth Gaufberg, Holly Gooding, Clarissa Johnston, Joel Katz, Alejandro Moreno, Mariah Quinn, Mary Thorndike, Ricardo Wellisch, and Lisa Wong.
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Williams, R., Zimmermann, C. Twelve Tips for Starting a Collaboration with an Art Museum. J Med Humanit 41, 597–601 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10912-020-09655-1
- Museum-based education
- Arts and humanities
- Art museum collaboration
- Medical education