IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93ZI830 — ART-BASED WELLNESS


Students in the School of Medicine will gain exposure to arts-based wellness practices and how those practices can support reflection, growth, and processing of experiences as a medical student and caregiver. Students will engage in art-making activities, art-viewing activities and discussion, and written assignments. This course will also incorporate some art therapy experience as part of the elective. Students will interact with an Art Therapist and engage in dialogue about their work and connection to patient care.
Students in the School of Medicine are often under intense amounts of stress throughout their time as students and as medical professionals. It is imperative that medical students develop ways to improve their knowledge and practice of wellness in order to aide themselves and their patients in managing stress in the future.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Lauren Daugherty (lataking@iu.edu)

Director: Antwione Haywood, Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IUSM- Indianapolis; IUSM- Bloomington

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Improve students visual acumen through structured observation of artworks, understanding of fine arts concepts and applying these skills to patient care. (SBP2)
    2. Engage in respectful dialogue with patients, demonstrating active listening and the use of verbal and non-verbal skills to establish rapport and effective physician patient relationships. (ICS2)
    3. Modify communication styles in accordance with the clinical context and purpose of the conversation, demonstrating sensitivity to differences, values, and needs of others, with attention to one’s personal
        communication style. (ICS3)
    4. Evaluate the impact of a patient’s social context in health and disease and how factors such as culture, socio-economic status, environment, religion, spirituality, sexuality, education, and health literacy impact patient-physician interactions, health care decision-making and health outcomes. (SBP2)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; Additional Assignments

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 30-35

Time Distribution: 30% Laboratory or Scholarly Research; 50% Lecture/Seminar; 5% Library/Research; 15% Online

Elective Type Category: PD- Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

PRIMARY ADD/DROP CONTACT PERSON: Lauren Daugherty (lataking@iu.edu)  This elective requires some weekly travel to the Eskenazi Museum of Art in Bloomington. This is an elective targeted towards undergraduate students at IUB in health professions and art. The co-instructor has worked with me to create a four-week version to meet the needs of medical students.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: Yes

Detaials for Service Learning: