Jazz and the 'Art' of Medicine: Improvisation in the Medical Encounter

While art can be used to promote self-reflection and deepen our understanding of our own practices, it also can inform how we practice more directly. Think about the old adage, "medicine is an art and a science." The artistic side of health care practice requires sensitivity to the humanistic dimensions of patient care, which inherently involves a set of complex and often seemingly chaotic factors. Please read the article by Paul Haidet. As you read, think about how the intricacies and complexities of music, in this case improvisational jazz, offer a model for how to approach the complex human aspects of patient care.