Artist/Patient advocate Ted Meyer equips medical students with the necessary perspective and skills to become leaders in patient-centered discovery and care. Through curated art shows, interviews with artist/patients, and partnership with physician-researchers, Ted Meyer provides educational content that empowers medical students to understand the lived experience of illness. Meyer’s artistic productions are vital to training the next generation of patient-centered medical leaders and, ultimately, to improving health outcomes for patients across diverse backgrounds.
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Pamela Schaff, MD, PhD and patient advocate, Ted Meyer, discuss why they bring art and humanities into medical education. The HEAL (Humanities, Ethics, Art, and Law) Program at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, prepares students to care for patients as complete human beings, not as injuries or illnesses. The longitudinal course builds skills essential to the effective and compassionate care of patients and communities—skills of perspective taking, critical reflection, narrative humility, and ethical decision-making. The curricular content provides students with the…