Last month, it was my privilege to organize a course for Internal Medicine 2016, in collaboration with the American College of Physicians and the National Gallery, and with Harvard Medical School’s Joel Katz, MD, and Shahram Khoshbin, MD. Together, we spent the better part of a day with almost eighty caregivers working to build skill and […]Continue Reading


When I saw the coverage of Amy Herman’s work in the NYT this morning, I stopped what I was doing. I even stopped my kids from what they were doing, which was a good thing because my one-year-old was putting some pretty interesting things into the toilet at the time. Amy, who helps law enforcement […]Continue Reading


There is a bear in this picture. If you can’t see it, that’s ok, I can’t either (and I’ve been squinting at it for a good five minutes), but I know it’s there because I beheld the original painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario a few months ago, in the company of twelve Canadian […]Continue Reading


Dear Arts Practica community, Long time, friends. It’s been wild, abundant, and blessedly educational over here, to say the least. I’m so very glad to be writing to you today to let you know about an upcoming workshop: Aesthetic Attention: Art and Clinical Skills November 13-14 in Boston, MA.   Here are the basics: Two-day […]Continue Reading


Ok folks, I’m doing it. I’m stepping out of the postpartum cocoon. The New England Museum Association annual meeting starts tomorrow, and, excitingly, its focus is on museums and healthcare.  It’s a brave, provocative, data-listening choice on NEMA’s part to prioritize audiences in healthcare for this year’s theme. The trend of interactions between healthcare organizations […]Continue Reading


Greetings! Long time! And new educational offering alert! After a year of providing distance learning classes by request, I am proud to announce that ArtsPractica will offer its first proper distance learning course this summer! Yeah! Will you take this 90 second survey to help me gauge interest? And could you share it with colleagues who are […]Continue Reading


Last week, I was fortunate to present a workshop at the second annual DOTmed, a Dublin-based healthcare innovation conference like no other. DOTmed follows a fierce curiosity on the future of healthcare, with priorities rigorously routed in the innermost realities of the human condition. Organized by Drs. Ronan Kavanagh and Muiris Houston, DOTmed mixed a stiff […]Continue Reading


…That time is now. As someone deeply concerned with educational issues related to medical misdiagnosis, I always have my eye out for examples of logical thinking gone astray. A couple of weeks ago, one showed up in the New York Times, delivering with it one whopper of a judgment to the arts—and especially to art […]Continue Reading


Hi friends and colleagues, I’m excited to announce my upcoming workshop: The Art Practicum: Seeing in Uncertainty A Trans-professional Workshop for Clinicians and Science Educators Friday, October 25 (6-8pm), and Saturday, October 26 (8am – 3pm), 2013 Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University An Art Practicum workshop with Boston Medical Center clinicians Art, science, and clinical […]Continue Reading


“The most commonly missed fracture in emergency medicine is the second one.” -Pat Croskerry, MD, PhD   Croskerry’s research describes many types of cognitive pitfalls in medicine. Many of them have to do with how we perform in a state of search. Failing to notice a patient’s second fracture is one such type, known as […]Continue Reading

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