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Arts and Humanities in Medicine: Research During a Pandemic

  • Friday, January 29, 2021
  • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock 2nd Annual Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Symposium
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9:45  Musical prelude Margaret Stephens, Therapeutic Harpist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

10:00  Welcome and introductions
Lara Ronan, MD, FAAN Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine Geisel School of Medicine, Vice Chair of Education Dartmouth-Hitchcock Department of Neurology

10:05  Creative arts intervention for patients with refractory epilepsy: A preliminary report
Lara Ronan, MD, FAAN Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine Geisel School of Medicine, Vice Chair of Education Dartmouth-Hitchcock Department of Neurology

10:15  Telling Our Stories Reinvented: Turning an in-person event into an engaging virtual experience
Andrea Buccellato, Manager, Patient and Family Support Services, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

10:25  ‘Art at Work’ Repurposed: Adaptations and accomplishments
Marion L. Cate, MEd, CHES, CWWPM, CHC Manager, Health Improvement Program, Employee Wellness, Instructor in Medicine Geisel School of Medicine

10:35  Virtual Perspectives: Art and conversation for people living with memory loss
Claire Lyon, Docent Hood Museum of Art Neely McNulty,
Hood Foundation Associate Curator of Education

10:50  Expressive writing exercise
Marv Klassen-Landis, Creative Writing Specialist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

11:05  Picturing Contagion: Contextualizing visual iconographies around COVID-19
Emily Luy Tan, Dartmouth College, Class of 2020

11:25  Evidence Based Design in Health: A COVID College Semester 
Erin McGee Ferrell, Professional Artist, Art Educator, University of New England Cancer Patient Advocate National Cancer Institute

11:40  Science, Values and the Novel
Alan Hartford, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine

11:55  Lunch break and musical prelude
Margaret Stephens, Therapeutic Harpist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

12:15  Keynote: Arts in health research in a post-COVID world
Jill Sonke, PhD, Director, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine

1:15  Passages of Writes: Medical students fostering connections through shared reading
Christopher LaRocca, MD, FAAFP, Clinical Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Aya Bashi, MS2,Lindsay Becker, MS2, Rachel Brown, MS2, Zachary Panton, MS2

1:30  Mindful art project
Kim Wenger Hall, Visual Artist, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

1:45  What about clinician burnout, anxiety, and PTSD during COVID-19? What are the arts bringing to support them?
Alan Siegel, MD, Director, Art of Health and Healing, Founding Board Member NOAH

2:15  2020 Arts-based initiatives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Mallory Van Fossen, ATR-BC, LCPAT, LPC, Art Therapist, Clinical Coordinator of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Arts in Health Program

2:45  Closing remarks

Learning Outcome:

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to recognize the value and impact of the arts and humanities on health and well being.



Physicians: Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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