Visual Art, Clinical Mastery, and the Challenge of Uncertainty in Medicine

How a clinician performs in uncertainty has the potential to include them in medicine’s best moments, or its deep entanglement with unwellness. It has the potential to make or break a patient’s life. In this talk, artist and educator Alexa Miller identifies uncertainty as a profound lever for transformation in, and the unexpected ways in which uncertainty can be harnessed with help from the visual arts to avoid error and invite creativity and connection. We’ll take a mini-deep-dive into the world of visual art to simulate a real-time experience of uncertainty and come away with pearls of wisdom for clinical excellence.    

This event was recorded as part of “Lessons from the Intersections of the Humanities and Medicine,” a series of three Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau events examining the connections between health care and the public humanities.