Course Catalog

Department MEDICINE Campus Birmingham
Course Type(s) Special Topic Facility University Medical Center
Course Director STEPHEN W. RUSSELL, MD Enrollment Limit 30
Contact STEPHEN W. RUSSELL, MD Enrollment Minimum 4
Email Address 1141 Payton Way
Leeds, AL 35094
Phone (205) 640-1171 Fax (205) 640-3928
Normally Offered

See Offering Dates
17-17, 44-44
Prerequisites None 
Visiting Students
No LCME students accepted.
No osteopathic students accepted.
Course Description Prescribing Art: How Observation Enhances Medicine explores the relationship between observation and diagnosis by exposing students to works of fine art to teach critical skills of observation. This updated course, reformatted for a hybrid of remote and in-person learning, will use works of art to highlight observation in medical settings, understand biases in medicine, and learn about tolerance of ambiguity. Taking place both virtually and in the galleries around Birmingham and taught by art educators and medical educators, Prescribing Art aims to improve skills of observation, description and interpretation. At the end of the course, students will have an improved appreciation for art, and in so doing, an improved skills set for clinical diagnosis.
Where To Report This is a hybrid course for the 2021 courses. The first session is virtual on the Monday of the Special Topics week. The final session is virtual on Thursday of the Special Topics Week In-person gallery time will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Note: students participating in the course will be expected to attend the in-person small group sessions in Birmingham. All participants will be expected to wear masks during the in-person small group sessions.
Requirements 1. Availability Monday, April 26 through Thursday, April 29, 2021 (Fall: Monday, October 18 to Friday, October 22, 2021)
2. Broadband connection for Interactive Zoom sessions in large group and small group settings
3. Willingness to read articles before class, discuss new concepts, share new ideas, and keep video on during remote sessions
4. Participation in all offered sessions
5. Critical evaluation and feedback of the course structure and requirements
Evaluation Pass/Fail based on class attendance and participation in group assignments.