UT Dallas announces launch of new O’Donnell Institute website

The website will promote the idea that viewing art makes for better doctors.
The website will promote the idea that viewing art makes for better doctors. | shutterstock
The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas has announced that its new Art and Medicine website has been launched.

“Art museums are playing a unique role in training medical students, residents and physicians,” Forum Organizer and Distinguished Scholar in Residence from the O’Donnell Institute Bonnie Pitman said. “These programs, which were the focus of our forum, are providing students with the skills they need to make better observations and improve their ability to articulate their findings when making a diagnosis and communicating with patients.”

The website was launched on Oct. 31. It will give visitors access to documents that will discuss how viewing artwork can help make medical students better doctors.

“The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History hopes to further these collaborations in art and science that were shared in the forum in recognition and exploration of the deep connection between the creative process and the healing process,” Pitman said. “A particular focus of the Art and Medicine initiative is expanding research on the power of works of art to help improve medical professionals’ quality of patient care and to support the medical profession.”

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