"May I Enjoy Life and Art"
... so states the Hippocratic Oath – and now research shows that art training can improve ophthalmologists’ observational skills
Ruth Steer |
“Observation is a pivotal skill in medicine, especially in the field of ophthalmology, but medical education does not focus explicitly on teaching students how to observe,” says Gil Binenbaum, attending surgeon in the Division of Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. To explore how observation skills training might improve the medical – and more specifically the ophthalmological – observational skills of students, Binenbaum and a multi-center team performed a randomized controlled study. “We looked to the fine arts, a field that excels in its observation training,” says Binenbaum.
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