MED661KM.01 (Reno)
Artist in Residence

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Artist in Residence
  • Short Name: MED661KM.01 Artist in Residence
  • Course Number: MED661KM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department Contact: Lisa Kornze
  • Type: Non-Clinical
  • Length: 4 weeks, flexible over the fall and spring semesters. Hours must be documented to receive credit.
  • Preceptors:
    • Kristen Alexander
    • Kathleen O'Connor, M.D.

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.

Goals/Objectives

  • To develop and nurture skills of observation, communication, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection—skills that are essential for humane medical care
  • To deepen the understanding of the connections between medicine/healing and art/humanities
  • To examine first-hand the claim that creativity and expression are integral components to healing

Description of Rotation

This elective is available to select students per year through an application process. The application form is due April 1. Applications are welcome from students working in all artistic disciplines: visual, literary, musical, performing and new media.

Sponsored by the Renown Health Foundation in collaboration with UNR Med, this course will provide a unique experience for UNR Med students. Limited reimbursement for production costs is available with prior approval. Completion of the work and final project should culminate in an artistic representation which demonstrates the valuable roles the arts can play in enhancing the healing process and must advocate for the integration of the arts into the environment and delivery of care within healthcare facilities to patients and/or providers.

Candidates for this elective are required to:

  • Complete an application
  • Interview with the Renown Health Foundation representative and UNR Med Elective Directors
  • Complete 2-4 patient/provider interactions
  • Keep a journal to document their time and reflect on their experiences
  • Complete an artistic product and/or experience that involves connecting patients and/or healthcare providers to art and healing
  • Write a final reflective paper upon completion of the artistic project
  • Final project to be read, viewed, heard and/or performed at a public reception

References/Materials

None

Evaluation Method

Students are required to complete all the above assignments which will be evaluated by the elective directors in collaboration with Renown Health Foundation. Grading will take into consideration professionalism, logs and communication, patient/provider interactions, paper, and presentation.

Grade

  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

Available to students in Reno and Las Vegas locations.

Students may work on their projects while in Las Vegas, but 2 weeks of the 4 week time should be spent in Reno so that students will be able to interact with the Renown patients/providers. Download the application form.