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ELEC 5048 Enrichment Elective in Art

Course Numbers:

2nd year Medical: ELEC 5048
4th year Medical: INTD 4048
Undergraduate Nursing: NURE 4048
Graduate Nursing: NURE 5248


School of Medicine Course Director:
Ruth Berggren, MD, Director, Center for Medical Humanities Ethics
School of Nursing Course Directors:
Clarice Golight-Jenkins, PhD, RN, MSN, CNS, Assistant Professor-Clinical, Dept. of Health Restoration & Care Systems Mgmt.
Andrea Berndt, PhD, MS, Assoc. Professor-Statistician, Family & Community Health Systems Dept.
School of Health Professions Course Director:
Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, PhD, MA, Chair, Dept. of Occupational Therapy
McNay Art Museum Course Directors:
Kate Carey, Director of Education
Rosemary Hickman, Museum Educator

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 UTHSA 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. 


Course Objectives:

  1. Improve your visual observation skills
  2. Develop interprofessional communication skills
  3. Gain comfort with ambiguity
  4. Practice team-based problem solving

Course Requirements:

  1. Monthly sessions either at the McNay Art Museum or on campus
  2. Pre/Post Assessment
  3. Art Patient
  4. Differential Diagnosis
  5. Museum special event/lecture
  6. Visit another museum
  7. Create Art 

If you are interested in this course, please contact