Selected Testimonials

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At a time when the pace and acuity of medicine has forced the suspension of intellectual curiosity, your ArtMed program is a welcome insertion to the daily lives of residents and faculty alike. For a profession that prides itself on the “art” of medicine, the long cherished attributes of looking, listening, and examining are being lost. Your use of art to value those human tools is a great asset to any residency program. I know that those who have participated in the program in the Department of Medicine at MGH feel their capacity for reflection has been greatly enhanced. You should be proud of your program and its achievements. I know I am.

-Dennis Ausiello, M.D.
Physician-in-Chief Emeritus
Massachusetts General Hospital

Your presentation today was absolutely wonderful, replete with the richness of your vast knowledge and love of art, and the enthusiastic and interactive responses of those in attendance. In this presentation, and in all of the others, you have opened up channels of understanding and perception in all those who have had the good fortune to partake of your expertise.

-Noel Robin, M.D. M.A.C.P
Chair, Department of Medicine
Stamford Hospital

Molecule - Blue and Red AtomsIn addition (to a series of workshops), Ms. Willieme facilitated and led three to five visits each year to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I participated in these sessions. The emphasis was on careful analysis of the visual images as well as discussion of the artist’s life, the historical context, and the subjective responses of the participants to the material. I can attest from personal experience that these sessions were truly outstanding.

-Lloyd Axelrod, M.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Chief of the James Howard Means Firm, Department of Medicine
Director, Medical Grand Rounds

Your class was taught masterfully. You allowed us to think and grow with each session. You challenged us but were always supportive and encouraging. Your love and mastery of the material is obvious and is an inspiration. Thank you so much for bringing your teaching to our students and for allowing me to participate in the group. It truly enriched the last few weeks of my life and I know the students have benefited from it.

-Deepthiman Gowda, MD, MPH
Course Director, Foundations of Clinical Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons

I became more specific, investigative, and patient–which is awesome!

-Participant Medicine at the Met

Fantastic course. Therapeutic and informative and reformative.

-Resident MGH 

Very interesting and I think it’ll make me a better doctor.

-Resident MGH 

They (the sessions) enhanced my observational skills because they made me sit down and observe! Once doing so all kinds of insights/observations followed.

-Resident MGH 

Looking at art made me realize that the patients I see are all works of art in a way. We have to appreciate what we see – the beauty, the ugliness, the ambiguity.

-Resident MGH 

I improved my ability to detect my own emotional biases during patient encounters.

-Resident MGH 

To increase my observation skills (goals) and do something creative; these sessions exceeded my expectations.

-Resident MGH 

It was so eye-opening to look at art in a group. The opinions were very diverse and helped me see ways in which I was myopic.

-Medical student
College of Physicians and Surgeons,
Columbia University 

I think it forced me to step back and see the humanity element of medicine. Loved the class!

-Medical student
College of Physicians and Surgeons,
Columbia University 

I am more aware of how my own experience affects what I perceive. I feel so much more aware and curious of the unknown. I feel like my perception is now so much more open and ready for new experiences.

-Medical student
College of Physicians and Surgeons,
Columbia University