The purpose of this study is to determine whether a 2-hour museum workshop, modeled after a program developed by Dr. Irwin Braverman and his colleagues at the Yale Center for British Art to improve medical students' observation skills, would improve the observation skills of the PA student. No other study aimed at improving the observation skill of PA students has been published.
First-year Yale PA students described three clinical photos before the intervention, discussed representational, nonabstract art with trained museum docents for 2 hours then described three different clinical photos after the intervention. The mean pre- and posttest scores were compared and grader correlation was analyzed.
The class of 2008 showed a significant improvement in scores (p = 0.002) after the intervention. The class of 2009 did not show a significant difference (p = 0.247). Grader correlation was greater for the class of 2008.
This fine arts workshop has been shown to be beneficial in developing the medical student's observation skills. This study's findings are inconclusive in the PA student population, primarily due to grader variability.