How to design and implement a Group Poem activity

Diane Jung, Natasha Chugh, Mark Stephens, Mary Blazek, Michael P. Flanagan, Margaret S. Chisolm

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Museum-based learning activities provide interactive and innovative ways to integrate the arts and humanities into medical education. Like other museum-based activities, the Group Poem supports the development of multiple clinically relevant skills and attributes, such as observation, communication, perspective-taking, empathy, and implicit bias awareness. In this paper, we present a step-by-step guide for educators seeking to design and implement a museum-based Group Poem activity for medical learners. The overall ‘task’ of the activity is for learners to collectively create a poem that they perform for others, a process that participants find to be engaging and meaningful to their formation as physicians. In this paper, we provide specific directions on pre-selecting the works of art, preparing the supplies, dividing into small groups, providing iterative instructions to learners, managing the timing of the session, and debriefing the activity. Although designed to be experienced in an art museum, we note that the Group Poem activity can also be conducted in the classroom or virtually using photographic or digital reproductions of artwork.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Visual arts
  • arts and humanities
  • communication skills
  • medical education
  • museum education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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