Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellowship

The Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Professional and Academic Development and the Harvard Macy Institute are in the process of designing a longitudinal fellowship for health professions educators in museum-based health professions education. The Fellowship will be offered in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Design-partner participation is reserved for graduates of the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI) Programs. This initial cohort of up to 10 Design-Partner Fellows will engage in museum-based learning experiences similar to those that have been offered in an elective capacity at the HMI for many years.

Inaugural Fellowship Dates:
January 11-12 and May 11-12, 2019

Offered Annually in Boston, MA

Course Brochure: course brochure PDF



Application Deadline:
The 2018 course application is now closed

Fee:
Participation in this year’s inaugural Fellowship is offered at the reduced rate of $925 since Fellows will be considered Design Partners. Fellowship opportunities in 2020 and beyond will have a significantly higher fee. This year’s fee includes museum admission for two full-day in-person sessions in both January and May, as well as some meals. This fee does not include travel or lodging.



Course Directors:

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

The Fellowship will build upon the foundations laid in HMI Courses, including theories of adult learning, examining assumptions about teaching and learning, observation skills, curriculum development, assessment methods and reflective practice. We envision a highly experiential Fellowship, with exposure to 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. Fellows will use the Step-Back Consultation Method to advance projects and become peer-coaches to one another. In addition to learning the theory and practice of art museum-based health professions education, fellows will learn to cultivate generative partnerships with museums and museum educator colleagues, and we predict that fellowship graduates will become successful advocates for and leaders in art-museum based health professions education locally and nationally. Similar to other HMI experiences, there may be opportunities to return as faculty in subsequent fellowship years. We anticipate the relationships among fellows will be deeply sustaining both professionally and personally.

The fellowship will explore innovative ways to use the museum environment to advance health profession educational goals, including:

  • Honing observation and interpretation skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Examining assumptions, values, bias and stigma
  • Developing reflective capabilities
  • Team building and team work
  • Professionalism and professional identity formation
  • Cultivating empathy and compassion
  • Navigating challenging conversations with patients, families and colleagues
  • Designing systems improvement
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Preventing burnout and fostering renewal
  • Meeting LCME and ACGME requirements for healthy learning environments

Course Description

The Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Professional and Academic Development and the Harvard Macy Institute are designing a longitudinal fellowship for health professions educators in museum-based health professions education. The Fellowship will be offered in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School Arts and Humanities Initiative. Sessions will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The Fellowship will officially launch in January 2020, but we will host a pilot and design year in 2019 at a greatly reduced tuition rate. Design-partner participation is reserved for graduates of the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI) Programs. This initial cohort of up to 10 Design-Partner Fellows will engage in museum-based learning experiences similar to those that have been offered in an elective capacity at the HMI for many years. Design-Partner Fellows will apply with an initial proposal for a museum-based educational project which they will develop during the course of Fellowship, and ultimately implement at their home institution and prepare for scholarly dissemination. They will also collaborate on an HMI Educator Course elective to be offered during the May session at a Boston area art museum. Fellows will engage in curricular design for future fellowship cohorts which we anticipate will be a valuable learning experience in itself.

Two required in-person immersive experiences to be held at Boston-area art museums in January 11-12 and May 11-12, 2019 to coincide with the beginning of the HMI Educator Program in January and May. Prior to the first session, Design Partners will be assigned core readings and will meet by video conference in November or December. Fellows engage in at least one video-conference sessions about project development between in-person sessions. The final fellowship meeting will allow fellows to pilot and receive feedback on their project during the HMI Educator program elective time. Time will be reserved for fellows to reflect on the experience as a whole and to participate in the planning process for the 2020 cohort.


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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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