Which place for art in Medical Education? A narrative review

  • Vincenza Ferrara Sapienza University of Rome
  • Fabrizio Consorti
Keywords: Medical Humanities, Visual Thinking Strategies, medical education, soft skills.


Using art for medical education is a part of the Medical Humanities approach, which fosters observation skills and a better relationship between health professionals and patients. This article summarises a body of research in the use of visual arts in medical education, including its neurobiological basis and reports about an experience at the medical curriculum of the University Sapienza of Rome. The use of art in medical training is widespread worldwide, but it is an innovation in the Italian university medical curricula. It is fundamental to teach observational skills, improve psychosocial abilities and lower stress in order to educate professional and resilient healthcare workers.