The Art of Medicine

About My Website

I’m having a revamp- please bear with me.

The website is a collection of creative arts resources curated to help clinicians learn, teach and maintain the art of medicine.

Art can be many things- a source of delight, a solace, an inspiration, it can challenge the status quo and be a stimulus for change. It can be used in medical education to broaden perspective, raise awareness of other cultures, explore biases, develop compassion and deepen understanding of what it is to be human. Art can encourage clinicians to stop and think about the person they are caring for and how they care for themselves.

Using arts resources in my GP teaching led me to create and nurture this website of arts resources, done with the aim of inspiring others to use the power of the arts.

Dr Nicola Gill, York, UK

Collections of Resouces

The resources in this section are curated as two collections.

Some pages have been designed to be used as a tutorial or seminar, others are collections of themed art resources for you to dip into. I’ve tried to highlight a key teaching resource on each page. 

All genres of art are represented and wherever possible displayed on the pages or are easily available through a link. You will discover contemporary and historical resources created by famous professional artists, clinicians and patients representing many cultures and countries.

Resources for Medical Themes

32 collections of themed resources to develop clinical attitudes and knowledge including compassion, illness, death and dying.

Resources for Medical Conditions

An A to Z of resources to develop understanding of common medical conditions including migraine, dementia and cancer.

Using Arts in Medical Education

The practice of medicine can be improved by seeing and understanding the world from different perspectives, not purely the scientific view that forms an essential part of medical training. Exposure to art encourages clinicians to appreciate other perspectives and helps to develop curiosity and creativity and the skills of compassionate care, problem solving, and managing uncertainty.

Starting to use arts resources in your learning and teaching can feel a little daunting, the guides below should help build your confidence 

The Power of Art in Education

Tips for using Art in Teaching

Resource Library for Teaching

Courses & Seminars

Please contact me if you would like me to give a talk based on the resources on the website or facilitate an interactive seminar/workshop. I can tailor the content and style of the session to meet your needs and aims. These are examples of previous sessions.

For GP Trainees

For GP Trainers

For you & your work

Further Inspiration

One year on

The UK has reached a sobering anniversary. It is a year since Boris Johnson announced the first lockdown in March 2020. As we approached this

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Maintaining hope

In April 2020 at the beginning of the Pandemic, I wrote about hope, imagining that by the end of 2020 we might be stepping into

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Books for Christmas 2020

I wonder how many Christmas articles start with the phrase, ‘it’s been a very different year to what I was expecting’? Well, it has. Like

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Evolving GP

Last month over 300 GP Trainees in Yorkshire and Humber attended the conference ‘Evolving GP’; organised by trainees for trainees. A visual summary of the day

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