MED661 KM.01 (Reno)
Artist in Residence

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Artist in Residence
  • Short Name: AiR
  • Course Number: MED661 KM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Type: Non-Clinical

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.

Description of Rotation

  • Preceptor: Kristen Alexander
    • Phone: (775) 682-7727
  • Type: Non-Clinical
  • Length: Longitudinal. 160 hours minimum required work. There are monthly requirements which influence grades. Otherwise work is flexible over the fall semester. Spring semester it is recommended to have a draft paper and a project that is nearing completion by Match Day. Hours must be documented to receive 4 non-clinical credits.
  • Application is required by April 1 to be considered 
  • This program supports the integration of the arts including literary, performing, visual arts and design with the student experience in completing this elective.

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

Upon application, all candidates submit a proposed project with timeline and samples of prior work APPLICATION LINK (applications accepted through April 1). When accepted, schedule an interview with the UNR Med Elective Director.

Longitudinal requirements include:

  • Keeping and submitting an accurate log of work performed
  • Writing in a reflective journal about the process and experiences, thoughts about the roles the arts can play in enhancing the healing process and the benefits of integration of the arts into the environment and delivery of care within healthcare facilities
  • Consistently working on the project

Spring requirements, in addition to the above:

  • Completion of a final artistic product that can be read, viewed, heard, and/or performed at a final public reception
  • Completion of a draft and final reflective paper upon completion of the artistic work

Completion of the assignments and final project should culminate in A) 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, and B) the ability to have meaningful discussions about the topics listed in the goals and objectivesArtists agree to comply with policy set forth by UNR Med and affiliated training locations.

Grading

Grading includes consideration of the following elements: Professionalism, work logs and communication, subject interactions, paper, and presentation.

Honors: Receipt of 3 or more elements of the grading rubric at the Honors level (cannot receive any failing elements)
High Pass: Receipt of 3 or more elements at the High Pass level (cannot receive any failing elements)
Pass: Receipt of 3 or more elements at the Pass level (cannot receive any failing elements)
Fail: Failure in one or more elements of the grading rubric.

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