Look With Me: The Healing and Health That Comes From Close Looking

March 1, 2022


What emerges within your observation span when you remain looking longer than the initial attention allows? How can slowing the pace of looking give birth to deeper awareness of the semiotic significance and healing opportunities in the visible world? This introduction to close looking practice will offer insights, and practice.

In medical training and beyond, learning with, and by images is a crucial part of our professional identity development. It is also an important avenue by which we can solidify our learning. First you must develop the ability to look closely, even more important in an era of dwindling attention spans. Secondly developing a familiarity with creating images (medical or otherwise) opens the door to creativity of thought and attention. This workshop welcomes you to do both. It includes a curated digital gallery walk to access the White Coat Warm heART online gallery. Through a careful selection of discussions, and small group immersive exercises you will add to your existing toolbox of visual skills. to sharpen your observation skills, and to express your creativity.
We warmly invite you to “look with us”.

Facilitator Bio

Carol-Ann Courneya, an Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Science and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs (Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program), has served as a mentor to hundreds of students over the course of her career with UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. A champion of the arts and a passionate teacher, Dr. Courneya believes creativity plays an important role in expanding and strengthening the skillsets of medical practitioners. In 2001, she established Heartfelt Images — an annual art competition for medical and dental students — that continues to attract hundreds of submissions every year. The competition is just one of the many ways Dr. Courneya — who has been recognized for her exceptional contributions to teaching and learning as a UBC 3M National Teaching Fellow — is inspiring medical students to pursue and truly value their creative passions.

Adam Hoverman is a Family Medicine and Public Health Physician with Multnomah County Health Department, where he combines primary care and public health practice caring for Immigrant and Refugee populations. He started as a paramedic in rural Northern California, before entering medical school at A.T. Still University, in Kirksville, Missouri, motivated to study osteopathy by Dr. Still’s pithy phrase, “the objective of the physician is to find health; anyone can find disease.” Adam completed Family Medicine Residency at the University of Minnesota, and worked with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic before completing a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Most recently Adam has completed a second residency in Preventive Medicine at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, along with a Masters in Public Health in Health Management and Policy. His research, teaching, and writing focuses on health systems strengthening via Community-Based Participatory Research and Community Health Worker training for improving Maternal and Child Health and Indigenous Health, program evaluation for Global Health training programs, and the co-production, co-creation, and co-design of health and social care. He facilitates narrative medicine small groups for students and health care workers, and writes poetry in his spare time.

Event Details

March 1, 2022
6:00 - 7:30 pm


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