Previous Healing and the Arts Activities
Through Healing and the Arts, the Koop Institute sponsors a number of activities both at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and in the community at large, cooperating in a number of community workshops, retreats, presentations, and conferences addressing health care issues. Healing and the Arts has been working in cooperation with others to create projects in the hospital designed to improve the quality of healing. The ArtCare program and the In Poetry and Prose reading series are both the result of these efforts.
In accordance with its efforts to enhance medical education and improve doctor - patient relationships, Healing and the Arts also develops arts electives for medical students in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine.
The involvement of undergraduate and medical students is the key to the success of many Healing and the Arts activities. Through Healing and the Arts, students have served on committees to plan ArtCare, helped develop electives and related activities for the medical school, volunteered their time, and participated through work-study and Learn and Serve programs. At the hospital, students work in various departments, including the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), the Elder Life Pilot Program on the Medical Specialties Unit, and the Psychiatry and Medical Unit. At least one student is at one of these departments every week day, and students are occasionally there on weekends for special events.