Hempstead, NY—Nearly 100 people attended the recent exhibit “A Celebration of Visual Art,” that showcased original artwork created by Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine faculty and students, including a pre-med student from Hofstra University as well as physicians, nurses, healthcare practitioners and staff members from throughout North Shore-LIJ Health System.
The art exhibit, which opened April 21, was organized by The Osler Society of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. It will be on display at the medical school through May 11 — a special day marking the institution’s first commencement of its inaugural class.
“This event is a wonderful outlet for our students, faculty, and healthcare professionals to share their passion for art and creativity,” said Lawrence Smith, MD, MACP, dean of the School of Medicine. “It’s an opportunity for self-expression and a chance to tap into hidden talents.”
The exhibit features 45 works by 31 different artists and includes photographs, oil paintings, pastels, pencil drawings, digital paintings, collages and sculpture. Lending creative insight was expert Beth Levinthal, Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum, who spoke about the connection between art and medicine and how art can make for better (and happier) doctors.
She also juried the art show, after which she gave special recognition to eight outstanding works.
“It was impressive to see the wide variety of subject matter and artistic mediums that were represented in the exhibition,” said Ms. Levinthal. “I was quite pleased to serve as the first juror of this event, particularly representing the Osler Society Advisory Committee and the Hofstra University Museum.”
The top three award winners were Mark Welles, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine; Michael Spigner, first-year medical student, School of Medicine; and Patricia Gaignat, North Shore-LIJ Laboratories. Exhibit guests were also treated to a live musical performance of the song Beautiful by first-year medical students Justin Pereira and Joo-Hye Christine Park, who sang a duet accompanied on keyboard by Kan Chen, also a first year medical student. The song was particularly poignant because it is about viewing artwork and seeing beauty in ordinary things.
“We are very fortunate to go to a medical school that encourages us to learn more about the practice of medicine through art,” said Mr. Pereira. “At this event, we performed a song about the power of art to enrich human connections, which I think perfectly encapsulates the purpose of the Osler Society at the School of Medicine.”
For more information about the visual art exhibit sponsored by The Osler Society of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, please contact Lisa Martin, coordinator, humanities in medicine program, at 516-463-7389 or [email protected].
Established in 2008, the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is the first allopathic medical school to open in New York State in more than 40 years. Hofstra University and North Shore-LIJ Health System are partners in the establishment and operation of the School of Medicine, an institution built upon the strong clinical and graduate medical education programs of the Health System and the robust research and academic programs of Hofstra University and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at North Shore-LIJ Health System. Welcoming its inaugural class in 2011, the School of Medicine received full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in February 2015, an important designation for meeting and maintaining strict national standards for structure, function, and performance in medical education. The School of Medicine currently has 2,200 faculty and approximately 280 students, a roster that is expected to grow to 400 by 2016.