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Teaching and Learning Moments: TIMI's Last Walk: Artist's Statement

Strickland, Rosalind

doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31817ec6dd
Other Features: Teaching and Learning Moments

Ms. Strickland is senior director, Office of Civic Education Initiatives, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

Editor's Note: This Teaching and Learning Moments essay was contributed as a companion to this month's AM Cover Art selection, which appears on the cover.

The mixed-media artwork featured on this month's cover of Academic Medicine is a piece by Patrick Locke, a student at Westlake High School, Westlake OH. Patrick created this piece for “Cleveland Clinic eXpressions™: The Intersection of Art and Science,” which uses the arts to engage high school students in the world of scientific research. The program, developed by the Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives, employs project-based, peer-to-peer learning, to enable art students to interpret research conducted by classmates who have graduated from Cleveland Clinic science internships. In addition to giving students a deeper, real-world understanding of art and science, the eXpressions program also promotes creativity, innovation, communication, and teamwork.

Patrick Locke's TIMI's Last Walk corresponds with a classmate's research project entitled, “Evaluation of Serum BN-Peptide Levels as a Prognostic Marker in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure.” Of his work, which was an eXpressions™ Blue Ribbon Award recipient, Patrick says,

My mixed-media project is a sculpture of my own interpretation of the heart. Although my version is a tad bit “out there,” it still shows the resemblance of a heart in pain and stress. The heart, besides being part of our body, is a symbol. The heart is a symbol of love, life and joy to many people. I show the heart, however, as being pressured, stressed and antagonized through harsh work and trials that the heart must undergo. The heart is, in my opinion, the most important part in the whole body. We have to keep it healthy and strong and make sure it doesn't break. For in reality our hearts do break, so we should try our best to mend them in any way possible.

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Rosalind Strickland

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