Artists as Co-teachers in the Field of Medicine

  • Melanie Ekholdt HuynhEmail author


Medicine is both an art and a science. The importance of the art of medicine is because we have to deal with a human being, his or her body, mind and soul. The “art of medicine” has lost its sheen what the rapid advancements of science in course of time, which has made present-day medicine more sophisticated (S.C. Panda 2006). There is now a movement of reinventing the art of medicine. The awarded doctor and writer Abraham Verghese and others are now starting to include rituals, stories and the art of medicine in the curriculum of medicine. In this chapter, three examples of how to integrate art in three different learning situations are described—a group learning session of young doctors training to be therapists, a talk in the local hospital talking about the painful topic violence against children and finally a personal learning experience while the author is dialoging with an artist about his use of ADHD medication. As a child psychiatrist, it is natural to choose an art form, which is used by the young people. Music videos are easy to find on YouTube, for doctors and educators. It can be a rich, intense learning experience to watch a music video full of images, sounds—a mixture of visual art, music and lyrics. The narratives and the lyrics from three different music videos will be presented; “Monsters” by Eminem, “Fucking Perfect” by Pink and “Gangster Blues” by the Norwegian rapper Michael Kildal. The three different earning experiences will be described, followed by a discussion about how we together can explore the integrating of art in the curriculum of medicine and maybe other STEM subjects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway

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