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"May I Enjoy Life and Art"

“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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Ruth Steer

Following my journey through academia, I entered the world of scientific writing and never looked back. After several years of working as a medical writer – where I developed a wide range of skills in healthcare publications and communications – I took the opportunity to stretch my creative and journalistic muscles and joined Texere Publishing. Working as Editor on The Ophthalmologist allows me to nurture my skills in scientific writing – and explore the dynamic world of ophthalmology – all within an innovative and exciting company.

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