Medicine as a performing art: a worthy metaphor
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2003
Volume 37, Issue 10, pages 934–939, October 2003
How to Cite
Woolliscroft, J. O. and Phillips, R. (2003), Medicine as a performing art: a worthy metaphor. Medical Education, 37: 934–939. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2923.2003.01636.x
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2003
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2003
- Received 17 October 2002; editorial comments to authors 9 January 2003; accepted for publication 12 May 2003
- medical education;
- performing arts;
- string music education
Purpose Despite numerous calls for reform over several decades, medical educators have been unable to address many significant challenges. Potentially, employing new metaphors and looking at the teaching and learning of medicine in a new way will facilitate the development of creative solutions.
Main findings In this paper we propose the metaphor of medicine as a performing art. Building on this metaphor, string music education is compared to medical education.
Principal conclusions Looking to string education as a model, suggestions for reorganisation of learning experiences, academic structure and assessment are discussed. Medical educators are encouraged to think about the challenges they face in creative ways. By looking outside traditional medical education, solutions may be found to new and old educational dilemmas.