ELEC 5048 Enrichment Elective in Art

Course Numbers

Undergraduate Nursing: NURE 4048
Graduate Nursing: NURE 5248

School of Medicine Course Director

Ruth Berggren, M.D., MACP, Director, Cheever Center for Medical Humanities Ethics

School of Nursing Course Directors

Clarice Golighty-Jenkins, Ph.D., RN, MSN, CS, Assistant Professor-Clinical
Andrea Berndt, Ph.D., MS, Assoc. Professor-Statistician

McNay Art Museum Course Directors

Kate Carey, Head of Education
Rosemary Hickman, Semmes Foundation Education Manager

Course Description

Art Rounds is an interactive, interprofessional course that takes students to the McNay Art Museum to learn physical observation skills. Using artwork as patients, students will learn how to observe details and how to interpret images based on available evidence. Taught jointly by UTHealthSA faculty and McNay Art Museum educators, students will view, observe, interpret, and give case reports on works of art. Studies demonstrate that these skills translate to improved patient physical observation skills.  Open for cross-enrollment.

Course Objectives

  • Improve your visual observation skills
  • Develop interprofessional communication skills
  • Gain comfort with ambiguity
  • Practice team-based problem solving

Course Requirements

  • Monthly sessions either at the McNay Art Museum or on campus
  • Pre/Post course assessment
  • Follow an art patient through the semester assigned to you by the McNay education staff
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Museum special event/lecture
  • Visit another museum
  • Create a work of art to be unveiled in December at the STUDENT GALLERY OF CREATIVE ART 

If you are interested in this course, please contact Iris Mast at masti@uthscsa.edu or humanities@uthscsa.edu