ArtMed inSight Research

Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College conducted research based on a course created by ArtMed inSight designed to enhance medical students’ observation, emotional awareness, and meta-cognitive skills.

The research—which will soon be published– found positive results regarding both the quantitative and qualitative analysis of data. The study is based on the analysis of data from 23 students who signed up for a 12-hour course called “Observation and Uncertainty in Art and Medicine.” The class took place over a 6 week period at the MET Museum in NYC.

  1. Quantitative Results

Pre-post analysis showed a statistically significant improvement in the GRAS score (increased from 87.8 to 90.5, p<0.05), with a median effect size of 3.8.

GRAS score: Gronigen Reflection Ability Scale/measures student reflection

  1. Qualitative Results

In qualitative analysis of post course evaluations, the following themes emerged as dividends of the course work:

a) Enhanced observation skills (slow looking)
b) Improved skills of perception (emotional engagement and self-awareness)
c) Expanded ways of thinking (biases and tolerance of uncertainty)/meta-cognition
d) Awareness of need for self-care (appreciation of beauty, pleasure, and life balance)
e) Recognition of importance of the team process (multiple points of view)