Art of Analysis: A cooperative program between a museum and medicine by Jacques, Andrew et al.

Art of Analysis (AoA) is a cooperative effort of the Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCOM) and Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) aimed at medical students who are participating in learning communities, groups formed in pre-clinical medical student education to emotionally support and encourage students through the arduous process of medical training, to develop critical thinking skills; engender empathy; increase tolerance for ambiguity; build team problem solving abilities; and consider multiple perspectives through the observation of artwork. While several medical education institutions in the past have described similar programs, AoA uses a unique critical thinking strategy called “ODIP” (Observe, Describe, Interpret, Prove). Group participants include medical students, the learning community faculty (faculty members from OSUCOM) and CMAeducators who facilitate and direct the AoA program. It is the goal of the AoA program to create abilities in teamwork, tolerance of alternate ideas, an empathy particular to the visual arts, and critical thinking skillsThe AoA program at CMAserves as an important tool in the education of physicians at OSUCOM, helping in the development of skills essential to the clinical practice of medicine.