Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellowship

Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellowship Fellowship Dates: Participants must commit to attending the course in its entirety:
  • One hour virtual meet and greets will be offered in August and September of 2022 (attend one or both)
  • In person in Boston (dependent on improved COVID situation): October 14 - 16, 2022
  • One hour virtual monthly meetings will take place November through March
  • In person in Boston (dependent on improved COVID situation): March 30 - April 1, 2023 

Eligibility: This Fellowship is designed for health professions educators who have support to implement an art museum-based health professions education project.


Next course date TBD 
Fee includes interdisciplinary teaching sessions with museum and health professions educators, museum admission, and materials. It does not include travel or lodging for your stays in Boston.

Filled with testaments to human creativity and experience across time and space, art museums are powerful spaces for teaching and learning in health professions education. The Fellowship introduces innovative ways to use the art museum to advance health professions educational goals, skills and attitudes including:
  • Enhancing observation and interpretation skills
  • Recognizing assumptions and mitigating biases
  • Learning reflective practice and metacognitive awareness
  • Developing professionalism and professional identity
  • Encouraging multidisciplinary teamwork and collaboration
  • Navigating ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Promoting empathy, compassion, and perspective-taking
  • Expanding communication skills
  • Developing personal skills for resilience
  • Exploring contemporary issues in health professions education such as burnout and well-being; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and health advocacy
In this highly experiential Fellowship, which is informed by best practices in adult learning, participants learn by doing followed,by reflection. They will be introduced to and practice core pedagogical methods used in art museum-based education, including Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the Personal Responses Tour, Thinking Routines, as well as explorations of other art forms, metaphor, and mindful practice. A cornerstone of the Fellowship is the development of a museum-based health professions educational project or curriculum. Project development is supported by structured monthly project meetings and coaching from course directors and graduates of previous cohorts. The Fellowship prepares participants to be advocates and leaders in art-museum based health professions education, as well as in the broader field of arts, humanities and health professions education. Past participants describe their experience as “transformative.” Fellows become part of a community that is deeply sustaining both professionally and personally.
For more information/questions, please contact Brandy King

The Art Museum-based Health Professions Fellowship is a longitudinal fellowship for up to 15 health professions educators. Boston is home to world class cultural institutions, and the fellowship will introduce innovative ways to use the art museum environment to advance health professions educational goals. The Fellowship is supported by the Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Professional and Academic Development and the Harvard Macy Institute.
Depending on restrictions of travel during the COVID pandemic, there is a chance that part of the Fellowship may take place virtually. This model was successfully implemented for the 2020-2021 cohort and the first half of the 2021-2022 cohort.
Priority selection is given to those already actively engaged in museum-based educational activities. The successful applicant will have strong support from their home institution and a museum partner for their museum-based educational activities.
Two required in-person immersive experiences will be held in Boston (or virtually) on October 14-16, 2022 (part 1) / April 7-9, 2023 (part 2). Prior to the first session, Fellows will be assigned core readings and will meet each other virtually. The majority of our time together in October and April will be used for gallery-based educational experiences and reflection on core themes in health professions education. Fellows will use an online learning platform between in-person sessions to share reflections and resources. In monthly meetings from November-March fellows will be guided through a process of project development using Kern’s six step model. In April, Fellows will present developed projects to one another.
For more information/questions, please contact Brandy King

Continuing Medical Education (CME) is not available for the Art Museum-based Health Professions Education Fellowship.

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