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Using the Creative Arts to Teach Medicine & Communication Skills​

Why use the creative arts in medical education?

Arts-based learning in medical education: the students’ perspective.
Med Educ. 2011 Nov;45(11):1090-100. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.04060.x.

Learners generally felt that arts teaching made a valuable contribution to the medical curriculum. Many felt the training would reduce ‘performance anxiety’ in situations such as examinations, presentations and new placements. Group work developed camaraderie and learners enjoyed the opportunity to learn new skills through creative writing, theatre and movement sessions. Some sessions developed students’ ability to engage with and relate to people from very different backgrounds than their own.   Click the links below to read other great articles.

There is a growing wealth of creative arts resources on the internet, in books, and in buildings round the world.   Whilst this webpage hosts a number of very useful teaching resources, please check out the website below which signposts clinicians to more stimulating resources.  It’s a great resource developed by GP Dr Nicola Gill, who is also a Training Programme Director for the York scheme.  She has a special interest in using the creative arts in GP training and education.  And she often runs wonderful workshops on this area.  You can email her on this link.

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Bradford VTS was created by Dr. Ramesh Mehay, a Programme Director for Bradford GP Training Scheme back in 2001. Over the years, it has seen many permutations.  At the time, there were very few resources for GP trainees and their trainers so Bradford decided to create one FOR EVERYONE. 

So, we see Bradford VTS as  the INDEPENDENT vocational training scheme website providing a wealth of free medical resources for GP trainees, their trainers and TPDs everywhere and anywhere.  We also welcome other health professionals – as we know the site is used by both those qualified and in training – such as Associate Physicians, ANPs, Medical & Nursing Students. 

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