12:00 PM12:00

Talk with Arden Hegele

Dr. Arden Hegele is a Medical Humanities Fellow at Columbia University, where she teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She specializes in the medical and health humanities and 19th century British literature. She is also cofounder and co-editor of Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal. She received her PhD from Columbia.

Please join us as she speaks about her class, Literature and the Health Humanities, and about current and future activities at Columbia in the medical humanities.

Location: Lerner 569

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Visual Intelligence Workshop
3:30 PM15:30

Visual Intelligence Workshop

  • Wallach Art Gallery At the Lenfest Center for the Arts (map)
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Visual Intelligence Workshop, Friday September 21, 2018, 2-3 PM

Followed by Coffee and Conversation!

Join the Columbia Society for Medical Humanities for a Workshop led by Alexandra Moses at the Wallach Art Gallery's Relational Undercurrents, and improve your visual intelligence.

Visual intelligence is the ability to see and understand what you observe and to clearly and concisely communicate that information to others. Our brains are wired to rapidly make sense of and remember visual information. Training in visual intelligence develops skills of observation, collaboration, communication and non-linear thinking.

Medical schools are increasingly recognizing the importance of the arts in training observation and communication abilities, and visual intelligence programs have been implemented at Harvard and Yale among others. UPenn recently demonstrated that medical students who participated in visual intelligence workshops developed improved visual diagnostic skills. 


Alexandra Moses is a second-year Postbac Premedical student. She has an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London.

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Guest Speaker, Dr. Ronald Epstein
11:00 AM11:00

Guest Speaker, Dr. Ronald Epstein

Ronald Epstein is a family physician, palliative care physician, writer, researcher and teacher of communication and mindful practice in medicine.

Current Appointments
Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine
Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research
Co-Director, Mindful Practice Programs
Co-Director, Deans Teaching Fellowship
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Ron's new book, Attending

“This book is phenomenal.  It is hard for me to imagine a doctor reading it and not immediately recognizing, taking to heart, and implementing its messages in any number of different ways. And it is equally hard for me to imagine that it will not energize all of us, when we find ourselves in the role of ‘the patient,’ to demand greater mindfulness from our care givers.”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners


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