More than 100 "students" attended Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's first mini medical school this spring. The four-part event, Anatomy for Artists and Other Curious Sorts, gave members of the community a backstage pass to the medical school’s training facilities, including its anatomy laboratories. As an added feature, those with an artistic flair were encouraged to recreate what they learned through the artistic medium of their choice.
Participants gathered each evening for a keynote lecture and then dispersed into concurrent interactive sessions. The lectures included “Your Brain on Art,” by Ann Harvey, a research scientist at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; “The Human Body: An Owner’s Manual,” by Dr. Saleem Ahmed, the school’s director of anatomical science; “The Human Form Through the History of Art,” by Jennifer Anderson, an assistant professor of art at Hollins University; and “Body of Evidence: What Happens When Things Go Awry?” by Dr. Carol Gilbert, an associate professor of surgery at the school.
After each evening’s lecture, participants rotated through six breakout stations. In addition to hands-on activities in the school’s anatomy laboratories, participants fabricated mock injuries, tried their hands at simple imaging using portable ultrasound equipment, and learned about the construction of prosthetic devices.
The school plans to offer several more mini medical schools in the future.