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The Visible Curriculum 

The Visible Curriculum
The Visible Curriculum

Eva-Marie Stern

and Shelley Wall

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date: 03 March 2021

The visible curriculum is a term for engagement with the visual arts in medical education. The purposes of having medical trainees view and respond to artworks have been framed in various ways: to sharpen technical abilities, to foster cognitive and interpersonal skills, and to promote personal growth. Art-making, as an embodied practice, activates skills essential to medical care which go beyond words and beyond cognitive work. This chapter summarizes current visual teaching/learning modalities used in medical training, considers the importance of art-making in addition to art observation, suggests differences in approach between undergraduate and residency training, and offers some practical examples of visual arts-based sessions for training and reflection.

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