BIOL 6527: The Physician as Medical Illustrator

Faculty Adviser: 
Francois I. Luks, MD, PhD

BIOL 6527 is an elective course seminar in medical illustration, aimed at 1st and 2nd year medical students. It is given during the Spring semester and consists of once-a-week series of lectures and exercises. Many physicians draw. We are not all artists, but we often use pictures instead of thousands of words  “ whether to explain medical concepts to students or procedures to patients. Cultural, language and educational barriers may hinder verbal communication, and the use of simplified diagrams can enhance patients ™ understanding of their medical condition. Of course, not all sketches are created equal; but just like medical students can be taught how to communicate better with patients and colleagues, so too can the rudiments of sketching be an acquired, rather than an innate talent. Rather than teaching detailed artistic illustration to a few   talented  individuals, we are interested in inculcating basic graphic rules to a large group of medical students.