MED661 KM.01 Artist in Residence

Office of Medical Education

  • Location: Reno
  • Department Contact: Lisa Kornze
  • Type: Non-Clinical
  • Length: 4 weeks. There are monthly requirements which influence grades. Otherwise work is flexible over the fall and spring semesters. Hours must be documented to receive credit.
  • Preceptors:
    • Lisa Kornze
    • Sarah Ries
  • Application is required by March 31 close of business to be considered 


  • 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 through an application process. The application form is due before 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 3-4 patient/provider interactions
  • Keep a journal to document and reflect on their experiences
  • Keep a log documenting all work hours and interactions
  • 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



Evaluation Method

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


  • 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

This elective is based in Reno. Students may work on their projects while away, but 2 weeks of the 4 week time will be spent in Reno to interact with the Renown patients/providers. Applications are accepted through March 31. Please contact Lisa Kornze or Sarah Ries with any questions regarding this elective.