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Making Sense of the Other: What Arts May Do for Personalized Health Care

Abstract

In 2016 we started an innovative learning track in the Radboudumc that combines arts and medical education, and appraised the learning processes involved. For four years now the voluntary track is followed by 30+ participants, mostly interns and a few residents and patients. We invited participants to join artists in their studios, to allow students to have an immersive experience of a different discipline, rather than only observing its end products. The track did not have preset learning objectives. However, participants were encouraged to set their own, personal goals and to reflect on what they learned in terms of observation skills, creative thinking, personalized health care, and frame reflection. In this interactive lecture and workshop you will be given a chance to experience the special character of the track’s learning environment. Also, Jur Koksma will highlight the most important outcomes of the learning research. Jur Koksma studied philosophy and biology, and received his PhD in neuroscience from VU Amsterdam. He currently works at the Radboud UMC Health Academy, Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboud UMC). He does research in Transformative Learning, Vocational Education, Higher Education and Educational Leadership. He is also editor-in-chief of the dodo / nododo magazine “in the spirit of Lewis Carroll”.
Making Sense of the Other: What Arts May Do for Personalized Health Care
interactive lecture & workshop by Jur Koksma
UMake – Utrecht Centre for Making
June 3-6, 2019
Art & Medicine: Skilling the Senses
From the third to the sixth of June
Utrecht University and University
Medical Centre Utrecht were home to
the UMake-workshop Art and
Medicine: Skilling the Senses, with
special guest Roger Kneebone,
Professor of Surgical Education and
Engagement Science at Imperial
College London. During the
workshop, the participants from
diverse backgrounds investigated the
role of the senses in the transmission
of knowledge through a series of
interdisciplinary workshops, ranging
from a museum visit and modeling
workshop to drawing assignments
and watching films.
Wednesday June 5th
11:30 – 13:00
Jur Koksma - Radboud University
Medical Center:
Making Sense of the Other: What Arts May Do for Personalized Health Care
In 2016 we started an innovative learning track in the Radboudumc that combines arts and medical
education, and appraised the learning processes involved. For four years now the voluntary track
is followed by 30+ participants, mostly interns and a few residents and patients. We invited
participants to join artists in their studios, to allow students to have an immersive experience of a
different discipline, rather than only observing its end products. The track did not have preset
learning objectives. However, participants were encouraged to set their own, personal goals and to
reflect on what they learned in terms of observation skills, creative thinking, personalized health
care, and frame reflection. In this interactive lecture and workshop you will be given a chance to
experience the special character of the track’s learning environment. Also, Jur Koksma will
highlight the most important outcomes of the learning research.
Jur Koksma studied philosophy and biology, and received his PhD in neuroscience from VU
Amsterdam. He currently works at the Radboud UMC Health Academy, Radboud University
Medical Centre (Radboud UMC). He does research in Transformative Learning, Vocational
Education, Higher Education and Educational Leadership. He is also editor-in-chief of the dodo /
nododo magazine “in the spirit of Lewis Carroll”.
from the report:
“Dr. Jur Koksma from Radboud University Nijmegen, the next speaker, specializes in
Transformational Learning. Dr. Koksma workshop focussed on a learning track that he and his
colleagues developed from 2014 onwards at the Radboudmc which combines arts and medical
education.
How do you explain an image to someone who can’t see it? Dr. Koksma’s assignment
demonstrated how hard it can be to transmit information with limited use of the senses
During a “transformative road trip”, medical students spend their free Saturdays visiting a number
of artist studios and exhibitions, getting closely acquainted with art and artistic production. This
approach allows students to reflect on their relationship with patients and on how their interactions
can be meaningful, in a very different way than the regular medical curriculum. The artists that
have featured in the program were inter alia Hans Aarsman, Ruth van Beek and Roy Villevoye,
artists who have strong individual approaches to looking, experiencing, and understanding the
relationship between art and reality. Each visit also comprised a practical component, such as life
drawing or working with photo collages. The program has proved to be extremely beneficial to the
participants, as students signaled that it has led them to reflect more deeply on their own practices
and made them regard their interactions with their patients in a more meaningful way.”
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