Learning to See: Art, Medical Imaging, and Project Success

How can looking at art help high school students envision a future for themselves in medicine? Learn more about a recent collaboration with Project Success for High School Students, a summer school program at Harvard Medical School that offers 11th and 12th graders from Boston and Cambridge an opportunity to explore professional pathways in the biomedical field. This collaboration builds on a program that helps doctors-in-training better understand their patients by engaging with art at the Harvard Art Museums.

Following discussion with two of this year’s high school students, Hyewon Hyun of Harvard Medical School and David Odo of the Harvard Art Museums discuss the importance of informed, empathetic close looking; how visual analysis skills can enhance patient care; and the benefits of incorporating art into medical training.


+ Project Success:

+ Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Spanish, “Mother and Child,” c. 1901. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, 1951.57. © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

+ Art Talk—On to Washington! Lewis Rubenstein and Rico Lebrun’s ’Hunger March’ Mural with Sarah Kianovsky:

+ Digital Tour—Art & Science:

+ David Odo, Director of Academic and Public Programs, Division Head, Research Curator, Harvard Art Museums;
+ Hyewon Hyun, M.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Principle Investigator, Case Based Introduction to Medical Imaging for Project Success;
+ Jennifer Thum, Assistant Director of Academic Engagement and Assistant Research Curator, Division of Academic and Public Programs, Harvard Art Museums;
+ Nikki Okoli, Project Success High School Student;
+ Ezra Taub, Project Success High School Student;
+ Michael Buckner, M.D., Clinical Fellow in Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Radiology;
+ Rocio Nunez Pepen, Program Coordinator, Project Success for High School Students;
+ Molly Ryan, Programs Manager, Harvard Art Museums.

Presented in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnership

Recorded Saturday, September 26, 2020. © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Video: Division of Academic and Public Programs, Harvard Art Museums. For questions related to permission for commercial use of this video, please contact the Department of Digital Imaging and Visual Resources at

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