Can visual arts training improve physician performance?


Joel T Katz and Shahram Khoshbin. 2014. “Can visual arts training improve physician performance?” Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc, 125, Pp. 331-41; discussion 341-2. Copy at


Clinical educators use medical humanities as a means to improve patient care by training more self-aware, thoughtful, and collaborative physicians. We present three examples of integrating fine arts - a subset of medical humanities - into the preclinical and clinical training as models that can be adapted to other medical environments to address a wide variety of perceived deficiencies. This novel teaching method has promise to improve physician skills, but requires further validation.