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Elective Title: 93ZI701 — CREATIVITY IN MEDICINE


While medical knowledge and clinical skills increase dramatically as medical students progress through medical school, there is reason to believe that creativity � the use of reflection and imagination to create original work � is not only under-emphasized but actively inhibited in medical education. This elective is designed to help students understand the importance of creativity in their medical education and the critical role it can play in improving and innovating the systems through which we deliver care. We will explore creativity in five distinct ways: readings, guest speakers, creative shadowing, field trips and personal projects. At the end of the rotation, students will present their personal projects at the pediatric neuro-oncology team meeting.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dr. Alex Lion (alion@iupui.edu)

Director: Alex Lion, D.O.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Children's Hospital

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Articulate the role of creativity as a personal and organizational attribute. (SBP2)
  • 2) Discuss the importance of creative thought and reflection in achieving balance in personal and professional lives. (PBLI1)
  • 3) Analyze the diversity of conditions under which creativity can thrive and/or be facilitated.(SBP2)
  • 4)Critique sociocultural and art venues as incubators of creativity in the city of Indianapolis.(PBLI1)
  • 5) Devise and cultivate personal creative outlets.(PBLI1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form (Success in this elective will require students to read carefully and reflect thoughtfully. Attendance and professional, respectful engagement will be expected. Students will be evaluated on their analysis, initiative, interpersonal skills and communication, professionalism and overall awareness of practice as part of a team-based system).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4h year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 32-40

Time Distribution: 20%Clinica; 5%Library/Research; 75%Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: PD- Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: During their creative shadowing, students will be encouraged to observe and engage with nursing, psychology, physical therapy, social work and chaplaincy staff to better understand the roles practitioners from other health professions play in the holistic care of patients.

Service Learning Included: None