Refining the Eye: Dermatology and Visual Literacy

Corinne Zimmermann, Jennifer T. Huang, Elizabeth A. Buzney

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In 2014 the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Harvard Medical School began a partnership focused on building visual literacy skills for dermatology residents in the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program. Refining the Eye: Art and Dermatology, a four session workshop, took place in the museum’s galleries and utilized the Visual Thinking Strategies framework along with other visual training exercises. The week before the course commenced, participants took a one hour pre-test composed of the following: two medical images of dermatologic conditions, two art images, Communication Skills Attitudes Scale, and Budner’s Tolerance of Ambiguity Scale. After completion of the course, participants took a one hour post-test composed of previously stated items. Results of these tests were compared to determine changes in observational skills, communication skills, and tolerance of ambiguity. A survey addressing their attitudes towards the course was also completed by the participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-122
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Museum Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Medical education
  • Visual Thinking Strategies
  • art gallery
  • communication skills
  • dermatology
  • museum
  • observation skills


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