The Academy for Medicine and the Humanities

Summer 2014 Courses

The Academy for Medicine and the Humanities is a part of the Department of Medical Education at Icahn School of Medicine. It serves the medical school by providing opportunities for didactic learning and independent scholarship in the medical arts and humanities. While most activities within the Academy are offered on an elective basis, student participation is strongly encouraged, and will be recognized by the medical school.

To apply for any of the courses below, or for more information on the Academy for Medicine and the Humanities, email Dr. Suzanne Garfinkle, Director of The Academy for Medicine and the Humanities, with a paragraph describing your interest in the course. All applications for summer 2014 courses are due by Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Art of Listening II with the NY Philharmonic

Monday, June 23 (evening), Tuesday, June 24 (evening), and Thursday June 26 (afternoon).

This program will consist of 3 experiences designed to build on the Art of Listening I, and to prepare students for the listening involved in clinical medicine. The program will include: an interactive concert with Teaching Artists from the NY Philharmonic, a NY Philharmonic performance at Avery Fisher Hall, and a reflection session.

Enrollment is available to up to 20 rising third-year ISMMS students and up to 10 faculty.

Asking Open-Ended Questions workshop at the Guggenheim

Monday June 23rd, 10 am – 4 pm

Led by Sharon Vatsky, Director of School and Family Programs, The Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

This course is a one-day museum workshop built around the integration of close-looking at modern and contemporary works of art and interactive conversations generated from multiple perspectives. Through a process of dialogue, participants reflect on intent (personal feeling, empathy), socio-cultural context (medical history), and complex systems of interpretation (the work of art vs the body) with social skills transferable between medical practice and visual arts education. The course includes a hands-on creative session and final reflection on the parallel languages between science and humanities study included.

Museum admission, professional museum educator, and materials are included

Enrollment is available to up 20 rising second-year and rising fourth-year ISMMS students.

Public and Artist interactions with Karen Finley

Monday July 21 through Wednesday, July 23, 10 am – 1 pm

Thursday, July 24, 10 am – 3 pm

Led by Christina Yang, Director of Public Programs, The Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

This summer humanities intensive encourages cross- dialogue and creative interactions inspired by exhibitions on view at the Guggenheim museum based on the experience of the museum visit. Taught by internationally acclaimed artist and educator Karen Finley, daily sessions include focused explorations of specific works on view, studio sessions, creative writing, an offsite visit, and a final reflection. No prior art making experience is necessary.

Artist fee, gallery and studio educators, museum admission, studio materials, note-taking journal, off-site trip planning, readings, and reception are included

Enrollment is available to up 10 rising second-year and fourth-year ISMMS students with several other spots reserved for non-ISMMS students.