Medical Arts and Humanities Research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Research is an integral part of the work of an academic medical center. More and more, research is demonstrating the benefits of integrating the arts and humanities into a holistic approach to patient care, medical education and supporting emotional and spiritual health.

The Arts and Humanities Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is leading numerous studies about the impact that the arts and humanities have on patients and staff. Recent areas of study include neurology, medical education, palliative care, employee health, and oncology.

Arts and Humanities in Medicine Research symposia

Dartmouth-Hitchcock hosted its first annual Arts and Humanities in Medicine Research symposium in January 2020 with over 70 attendees from around New England. The second symposium, held virtually in January of 2021, had over 200 attendees from around the world.

2020 symposium presentations

Arts Intervention for Inpatients with Refractory Epilepsy or Migraine: Pilot Feasibility Study

  • Lara K. Ronan, MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Neurology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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Pilot Study: A Graphic Medicine Curriculum for Neurology Residents

  • Lara K. Ronan, MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Department of Neurology

Reading Ourselves, Reading others

  • Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD, Dorothy and John J. Bryne, Jr. Chair in Palliative Medicine

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Keynote: Existing Research on Arts in Health

  • Heather Stuckey, DEd, Associate Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

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Getting Creative with a Coached Writing Intervention to Improve Outcomes in Patients with Advanced Cancer: A single arm, rural academic medical center pilot study

  • Vergo, MT, Department of Medicine and Section of Palliative Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Kalssen-Landis M, Creative Writing Coach, Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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Art at Work

  • Kathy Parsonnet, RN, MEd, MPH, Therapeutic Teaching Artist
  • Pamela Tilton, RN, MEd, CHES, CHC, Health and Wellness Coach
  • Marion Cate, MEd, CHES, ACE-CPT, CWWPM, CHC, Manager, Employee Wellness Health Improvement, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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The Aseemkala Initiative: Exploring Healing for Women of Color Through Stories in Traditional Dances

  • Shilpa Darivemula, MD, MS, PGY-2, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Rohini Bhatia, MD, PGY-1, Johns Hopkins Medical Center
  • Sriya Bhumi, MBA, Albany Medical College
  • Kritika Amanjee, MBA, Albany Medical College

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Practicing What We Preach: Teaching Compassion through Experiences in the Humanities

  • Lauren Kascak, MS, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Celestine Warren, BA, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

The Healers' Tales: A D-H Story Slam

  • Sevde Felek, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Catherine Shubkin, MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Kelly Rose, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

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Antiepileptic Properties of Music in Refractory Epilepsy

  • Robert Quon, PhD candidate, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

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2021 symposium presentations

Creative arts intervention for patients with refractory epilepsy: A preliminary report

  • Lara K. Ronan, MD, FAAN Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine; Vice Chair of Education, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Department of Neurology

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Telling Our Stories Reinvented: Turning an in-person event into an engaging virtual experience

  • Andrea Buccellato, Manager, Patient and Family Support Services, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

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"Art at Work" Repurposed: Adaptations and accomplishments

  • Marion L. Cate, MEd, CHES, CWWPM, CHC, Manager, Health Improvement Program, Employee Wellness; Instructor in Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine

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Virtual Perspectives: Art and conversation for people living with memory loss

  • Claire Lyon, Docent, Hood Museum of Art
  • Neely McNulty, Hood Foundation Associate Curator of Education

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Picturing Contagion: Contextualizing visual iconographies around COVID-19

  • Emily Luy Tan, Dartmouth College, Class of 2020

Evidence Based Design in Health: A COVID College Semester

  • Erin McGee Ferrell, Professional Artist, Art Educator, University of New England Cancer Patient Advocate National Cancer Institute

Science, Values, and the Novel: an Exercise in Empathy

  • Alan Hartford, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine

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Keynote: Arts in health research in a post-COVID world

  • Jill Sonke, PhD, Director, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine

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Passages of Writes: Medical students fostering connections through shared reading

  • Christopher LaRocca, MD, FAAFP, Clinical Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine
  • Aya Bashi, MS2
  • Lindsay Becker, MS2
  • Rachel Brown, MS2
  • Zachary Panton, MS2

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What about clinician burnout, anxiety, and PTSD during COVID-19? What are the arts bringing to support them?

  • Alan Siegel, MD, Director, Art of Health and Healing; Founding Board Member NOAH

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2020 Arts-based initiatives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

  • Mallory Van Fossen, ATR-BC, LCPAT, LPC, Art Therapist; Clinical Coordinator of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Arts in Health Program

View the presentation (PDF).


Resources

To learn more about research regarding the arts and health, see the following resources: