Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellowship

Fellowship Dates:
May 7 - 10 & October 16 - 18, 2020

Participants must be able to attend both sessions in their entirety. Prior to the first session, Fellows will be assigned core readings and will meet each other virtually. Fellows will use an on-line learning platform between in- person sessions to share reflections and support project development.

Offered Annually in Boston, MA

Course Brochure: course brochure PDF

Application Deadline:
November 15, 2019

Fee:
$3,500

Fee includes interdisciplinary teaching sessions with museum and medical educators, museum admission for two in-person 3-day sessions, materials and readings, as well as daily breakfast.


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Course Directors:

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Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH
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Lisa Wong, MD
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Corinne Zimmermann, MA, ME
Course Objectives

The Fellowship will introduce innovative ways to use the art museum environment to advance health professions educational goals. The program builds upon the foundations laid in the HMI Program for Educators in the Health Professions, including theories of adult learning, examining assumptions about teaching and learning, curriculum development, peer to peer coaching, assessment methods and developing a reflective practice. As part of the Fellowship, participants will design and pilot an art museum-based health professions educational project.

This is a highly experiential Fellowship, with exposure and opportunity to practice a variety of pedagogical methods used in art museum- based education, including Visual Thinking Strategies, the Personal Responses Tour, as well as applications of metaphor and mindful practice. This Fellowship will demonstrate concrete ways that the art museum environment is a productive space to foster health professional skills and attitudes, including:

  • Honing observation and interpretation skills
  • Uncovering assumptions and biases
  • Professionalism and professional identity formation
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Navigating ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Promoting empathy, compassion, and wellness

In addition to learning the theory and practice of art museum-based health professions education, Fellows will prepare to cultivate generative partnerships with museums and museum educator colleagues. We predict that fellowship graduates will become successful advocates for and leaders in art-museum based health professions education locally and nationally. We anticipate the relationships among fellows will be deeply sustaining both professionally and personally. We consider Fellows to be learning and design partners, and time will be reserved for fellows to reflect on their experience and to teach one another.


Course Description

The Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Professional and Academic Development and the Harvard Macy Institute offer a longitudinal fellowship for up to 12 health professions educators in art museum-based health professions education. The Fellowship is based at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with visits to other area museums. The Fellowship will introduce innovative ways to use the art museum environment to advance health professions educational goals.

Priority selection is given to graduates of the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI) Program for Educators in the Health Professions, and to those already actively engaged in museum-based educational activities. The successful applicant will have strong support from their home institution for their museum-based educational activities.

Two required in-person immersive experiences will be held in Boston on May 7-10, 2020 and October 16-18, 2020. Prior to the first session, Fellows will be assigned core readings and will meet each other virtually. Fellows will use an on-line learning platform between in-person sessions to share reflections and support project development. Fellow engagement between in person sessions is largely fellow-dependent. At a minimum, there will one reflective writing assignment, and the expectation to participate in two virtual project group meetings between sessions. There will be optional “office hours” with the faculty. The majority of our time together in May and October will be used for gallery-based educational experiences. We consider Fellows to be learning and design partners, and time will be reserved for fellows to reflect on their experience and to teach one another.


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Accreditation

Continuing Medical Education (CME) is not available for the Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellowship.

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