The Chicago Tribune details an innovative collaboration between SAIC faculty member Riva Lehrer and Northwestern's school of medicine.
The Chicago Tribune details an innovative collaboration between SAIC faculty member Riva Lehrer and Northwestern\'s school of medicine.
March 21

Medicine, Mindfulness, and Art

In “Teaching Compassion,” published by the Chicago Tribune on March 20, special contributor Lisa Pevtzow describes Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine student Margie Huff as she carefully sketches an anatomically-correct self-portrait. "The skills I am learning," she says, "will help me listen more closely to my patients and pay attention to the details of their stories." Huff and six other medical students are participants in a seminar taught by SAIC faculty member Riva Lehrer (Painting and Drawing) entitled “The Layered Self-Portrait.” The goal of the course is not to teach the students how to draw, Lehrer explains, but to “help the students gain a sense of mindfulness, concentration, self-awareness and respect for human differences—all qualities necessary for the doctors they will become within a few short years.” The course is representative “of a trend at medical schools that focuses not just on teaching the vast amount of information and clinical skills medical students must know to be good doctors, but also on the humane qualities they need to have,” says Pevtzow.