. The career training goals of the Jah Kente International -MBSYEP Arts and Medicine program are to: 1) deepen your understanding of the academic science behind medicine. 2) provide you with opportunities to engage with graduate medical students; 3) introduce the range of professional possibilities that exist within the medical field, and emerging issues in public health. 4) engage you in understanding the convergence between arts and medicine.
Premedical track will provide our young employees with a broad introduction to the field of medicine, combining coursework in related sciences with project-based learning activities and explorations of the various career possibilities that exist within the medical field.
Seminars: You will attend seminars led by instructors that focus on three core topics: anatomy and physiology, infectious diseases, and contemporary issues in medicine.
One week one, you will engage with material that will introduce you to what medical students experience in the early phase of their education, including:
Virtual didactics of fundamental topics in medicine. The lessons are guided by the principles of learning theory, which facilitates an innovative learning experience that actively engages the learner, increases retention of the material, uses technology (when appropriate), and helps to fuel a spirit of lifelong learning and inquiry.
Clinical case studies: You will engage in discussion sections on various medical fields and public health issues.
Workshops: You will attend workshops led by different medical professionals, such as genetic counselors or radiologists.
Sharing Knowledge: You will meet with medical students and graduate students who will share their experiences in the sciences.
In the last two weeks of the program, our youth employees will engage in a project-based activity focusing on an emerging issue in public health.
There are plenty of remote social activities to make sure our young employee become familiar with each other! You can participate in scheduled group activities and will be able to mix it up and join other youths in the field and from afar for a variety of scheduled remote events.
Creativity, Medicine, and the Arts
"While the arts and sciences might sometimes be viewed as opposite ends of a spectrum, students and faculty at Harvard Medical School (HMS) are embracing a convergence between these fields and seeing the benefits of artistic practice in their medical careers.” News & Research, Harvard Medical School, by Juliet Bernini, published on December 12, 2017.
The mission of the Arts and Humanities initiative is to promote and continue artistic practice that students come in doing, and to underscore that the integration of arts and humanities and medicine is a natural thing,” said Lisa Wong, co-director of the initiative and Harvard Medical School assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“The art of music relies entirely on listening for the story and emotions in each piece, which is similar to how a physician listens for a patient's narrative and emotions.” “To me, the parallels between music, especially ensemble music, and the practice of medicine, are endless. Both require a foundational level of skill, built up over years of dedicated practice. But on top of that technical expertise, there is another layer of artistic interpretation,” said Pamela Chen, a HMS student.
Eric Chang, a then a first-year student at HMS, who played violin in the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, which has brought medical professionals together to play music and benefited nonprofits for more than three decades. “Ultimately, both music and medicine are messy and ever-changing and human, and both can bring people together to heal.”
Some of the musicians have even found their artistic practice translates into better doctor-patient relationships. “Another parallel is in the art of listening and communicating without words,” said Chang. “The art of music relies entirely on listening for the story and emotions in each piece, which is similar to how a physician listens for a patient's narrative and emotions.”
“In the arts and as a clinician, the intangibles are really important. You have to be completely present to what’s going on, otherwise you’re going to miss cues, misdiagnose or not respond appropriately to a patient's discomfort,” said Isaac Chua, HMS instructor in medicine and a palliative care doctor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a member of the Longwood Chorus.
Jah Kente International uses this article, among several examples, to explore and implement art-based project medical drama in medicine and bioethics. We encourage any youth considering this career choice for read the article. Youths will explorations of topics on medicine and issues in bioethics through theatrical performances with the help of professionals in ethics, dance, and theatre.
As indicated "the idea of using the performing arts in medical education is not new. Dramatic and performance arts have been used as a tool to help explore and reflect on their own values and behaviors and to help them gain insight into the role they play through dramatic improvisation and as an audience participant."