Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellowship

Fellowship Dates:
October 15 - 17, 2021 (part 1) / April 8 - 10, 2022 (part 2)

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:
The application period is now closed.

Fee:
$3,750

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


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 covers 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. Participants will learn about and practice a variety of pedagogical methods used in art museum-based education, including Visual Thinking Strategies, the Personal Responses Tour, Thinking Routines as well as explorations of other art forms, 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 Art Museum-based Health Professions Fellowship is a longitudinal fellowship for up to 15 health professions educators. Boston is home to world class cultural institutions, and the fellowship will introduce innovative ways to use the art museum environment to advance health professions educational goals.

Depending on restrictions of travel during the COVID pandemic, part of the Fellowship may take place virtually. This model was successfully implemented for the 2020-21 cohort. The Fellowship is supported by the Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Professional and Academic Development and the Harvard Macy Institute

Priority selection is given 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 (or virtually) on October 15-17, 2021 (part 1) / April 8 - 10, 2022 (part 2). Prior to the first session, Fellows will be assigned core readings and will meet each other virtually. The majority of our time together in October and April will be used for gallery-based educational experiences. Fellows will use an on-line learning platform between in-person sessions to share reflections and support project development. During that time, Fellows will meet with smaller project groups to support project development. Optional monthly meetings to further build community and deepen practice will also be offered. There will be occasional reflective writing assignments.


For more information/questions, please contact Brandy King

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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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