Jody Esselstyn is a registered nurse at the Charlottesville, VA, city schools, and docent at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.
An unusual combo, perhaps, but Jody combines her two interests – medicine and art – in some innovative and lifesaving ways.
She leads programs that help medicine students make better diagnoses, display more empathy at the bedside, and collaborate more generously with their medical peers through visits to art museums.
It turns out that art is a perfect medium for helping people see beyond their assumptions and projections, to observe what's actually in front of them.
And it turns out further that being able to see what's there, and only what's there, helps doctors more accurately read X-rays and other scans. In fact, a Yale University study found that exposure to an art appreciation program significantly improved diagnostic skills in dermatology students.
Meaning, more moles were correctly identified as cancerous or not, leading to more appropriate treatments.
I say, bring on the Picasso!
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