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Session Information

DSG D010 - Enhancing Observational Skills

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Monday, March 24

CME Credits: 2.00

Location: Room 712

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Director: Irwin M. Braverman, MD, FAAD - Handout

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Discuss how visual training can improve observational skills.
  • Describe the obstacles impeding accurate observation.
  • Examine and learn how narrative paintings can serve as a surrogate for patients in medical education.

After introduction and review of principles of observational skills, research studies will be presented as evidence for the efficacy of visual training. A hands-on experience using high quality reproductions of narrative paintings from the Yale Center for British Art will be provided. Attendees will examine these paintings and describe objectively what they see. This session will replicate the workshop attended by Yale medical students and dermatology residents as part of their respective required curricula. This educational session has been an integral part of the New England Dermatology Society meetings for the past 12 years when hosted by Yale Dermatology.