ArtMed inSight has been collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital since 2007 where it has been providing unique and pioneering training programs for residents using art to sharpen visual perception and communication skills. In addition, since 2005, Willieme has been teaching “The Professional Eye,” a course for medical students at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she is on the seminar faculty. In 2012, she designed “The Art of Seeing” for students at Weill Cornell Medical School. She is also a regular presenter at Grand Rounds at Stamford Hospital and has received grants from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Foundation for Art and Healing.
A lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for over ten years, Willieme has collaborated with its Education Department on all of its main programs. She has also teamed up with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she developed “The Creative Eye,” a course which stresses creative engagement with art.
In addition, Willieme is a frequent speaker on art as well as art and medicine. She has presented and participated in conferences both in the US and abroad. She also writes on art and health and her recent articles have appeared in publications such as Alive and Spirituality and Health Magazine.
A visual artist too, Willieme has worked for 20 years in a variety of media including photography, printing, painting, and installation. Her works are in private collections in France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the US and her exhibition experience includes shows in galleries and public spaces in major cities in both the US and Europe.
Past guest workshop leaders/collaborators
Sigall Bell, MD
Dr. Bell completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992, graduating summa cum laude in Molecular and Cell Biology. While at UC Berkeley, she was the recipient of several scholar-athlete awards, a 4-time Academic All-American, an NCAA National Championships gymnast, and a member of the US gymnastics team at the World Maccabiah Games. She earned her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1997, and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA in 2000. After serving as Chief Medical Resident, she studied at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and contributed to public health and clinical efforts in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Brazil, Israel, and South Africa. She completed her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2005.
Dr. Bell is a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at BIDMC with clinical interests in HIV and tropical medicine. Her academic interests focus on fostering humanism in patient care through the study of medical culture, the patient experience, and improving communication after harmful events. She teaches medical students, residents, and fellows as a ward attending and clinic preceptor, and in several courses at Harvard Medical School. She is the Writing Program Director for Harvard Medical students at BIDMC and is the site director for the BIDMC HMS Patient-Doctor III course. During her Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, she developed and implemented a curriculum to explore the relationship between reflective writing and humanism in patient care, and to provide students with an early introduction to academic writing. The resulting program “Reading, Writing, and Reflection: the New ‘3R’s’ of Medical Education” was subsequently supported by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.
Among other educational initiatives, Dr Bell has also co-developed a DVD-based curriculum on the human dimension of medical error with her collaborators, using the film “When Things Go Wrong: Voices of Patients and Families.” As a recipient of grants from the Zlinkoff Foundation and the Harvard Risk Management Foundation, she co-developed a “Train the Trainer” program with her collaborators, to help implement curricula on improving the human response to medical error in academic centers across the country. She serves as an expert consultant to the Harvard Risk Management Foundation in the development of educational materials related to medical error and disclosure. Her work in medical education can be found in Academic Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the New York Times.
Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH
Dr. Liz Gaufberg is the Director of CHA's newly formed Center for Professional Development. Liz trained in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at CHA, and has spent her entire career at this incredible institution. She has held a number of clinical roles at the interface of medicine and psychiatry, including running a primary care clinic for patients with chronic mental illness and directing the medical consultation service to inpatient psychiatry. Her roles in medical education span the developmental spectrum; in addition to her faculty development role, she leads the Patient-Doctor course for the HMS Cambridge Integrated Clerkship, and is Director of Psychosocial Training for the CHA Medicine Residency. Liz loves using the arts in medical education, has an active collaboration with the Harvard Art Museum, and is a founding editor of Auscultations, the award-winning CHA literary arts journal.
Liz holds several national leadership roles in medical education, including that of HMS representative to the AMA iSTEP (Innovative Strategies for Transforming the Education of Physicians) Initiative and the Massachusetts Medical School Consortium, as well as core faculty within the Harvard Macy Program for Educators in the Health Professions. She currently holds a three-year Arnold P. Gold Foundation Professorship in Humanism Education, which has allowed her to continue to develop innovative curricula and to pursue a longitudinal research study on graduates of the HMS Cambridge Integrated Clerkship. Her innovative curricula on professional boundaries, the stigma of addictions, reflective practice, and the hidden curriculum are in use in training institutions world-wide. In the coming decade, through her role as Director of the CHA Center for Professional Development, Liz will focus on nurturing and sustaining successful careers in medicine. The Center has begun to develop institution-wide programs to enhance career satisfaction and retention, faculty diversity, personal-professional balance, academic achievements/promotion, as well as strengthening CHA’s connection to Harvard and Tufts Medical School.
Carol Mostow, LICSW
Michael Nathan, MD
He has taught and studied communication skills training since completing residency in 1990. He has worked actively in training and teaching with the American Academy on Communication in Health Care in national courses, and taught and coordinated groups for many years in the first year interviewing course at Harvard Medical School. In addition he has taught interviewing skills and cross-cultural communications to residents at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Lila (Kate) Wheeler