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Week 7: No Apparent Distress: Narratives of Socioeconomic Inequity

February 27- No Apparent Distress: Narratives of Socioeconomic Inequity

+Cultural Intelligence Workshop with Dr. Duane T. Loynes Sr. Part 2

*Rachel Pearson, No Apparent Distress (pgs 94-163)

*Nakisa Sadeghi, Through the Eyes of the Interpreter

Optional reading about ‘poor historian’: *Steven Server and Samuel Schotland, It’s time to retire ‘poor historian’ from clinicians’ vocabularies.

Write about something that struck you in this week’s excerpt of No Apparent Distress.

This week, we were joined by Dr. Loynes to complete our workshop on cultural intelligence. We explored our assessments and reflected on how our results compared to other racial groups within the US and even other cultures around the world.

We brainstormed what childhood experiences might affect health outcomes, then learned about Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs). We made a list of what we would imagine might be factor into Adverse Community Environments. We then talked briefly about Trauma-Informed Care and how we might standardize trauma-informed approaches in healthcare. Afterwards, we discussed in two groups the pros, cons, and ways we could change medical education anatomy practices and student-run free clinics to ensure that these are more equitable to donors and patients from lower socioeconomic statuses.

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Introspection at the Heart of Medicine

This blog post reflects on my artwork in conversation with others, and it is included in the Crossroads blog at The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine

My collage, I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

My collage, I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

As I examined histological slides, I was struck by the simple beauty of the human body on a microscopic level. These images—still silhouettes of chondrocytes in the hyaline cartilage of joints, scattered pyramidal cells in the cerebral cortex of the brain, pebble-like adipocytes of fat—were each works of art. And, I realized, they all exist within me.


Khalil Harbie’s The Art of Anatomy

In The Art of Anatomy (shown here), Khalil Harbie also turns his gaze inward to realize the art of the human body on a macroscopic level. He seems fascinated in the musculature of the forearm— the bulk of the brachioradialis, the careful curvature of the flexor carpi radialis, even a hint of the flexor digitorum superficialis. His intricate shading brings to life the texture and dimensionality of the forearm within a planar space, illustrating the very structures that enable this sketch.

Introspection enables a new way of seeing oneself that permeates into how one views and interacts with the external world. Only with introspection, I posit, can we begin to connect with those around us and truly achieve empathy. The core skills of doctoring, of listening and adequately responding to the suffering of other human beings, depend on an understanding of the self.

The human body, and human life as whole, is aesthetic by nature. We are colorful, we are shapely, we are beautiful. Art is at the heart of scientific studies like histology and anatomy because, in essence, art is the heart of humanity.

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