Sunday, July 15, 2012


"Watch this you tube video about a doctor who uses art to help his patients understand heart surgery. Here is an example of how ART is so important to science. His brother Ken Bichell is a ceramic artist in Dubuque, and is a friend of mine. I was telling him about STEM to STEAM and he told me of his brother. It is amazing. Enjoy." Colleen Hughes, NEA FAC Member.

Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt, David Bichell, M.D., finds there is an intimate relationship between art and medicine—especially in his area: heart surgery. Science, medicine and art are inseparable for this surgeon. This video helps me think back to the words of RA Delegate Kristen Johnson (CA)who reminds us that effective instruction in science, math, engineering and mathematics is complemented by the arts.

In this video, Bichell uses a pencil drawing to bring an infants heart defect to life on paper to create a deeper understanding of the problem for the childs mother before surgery is performed to correct the defect.

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