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May 9, 2014

Collaboration between Arts and Medicine wins Quest Innovation Funds


Aaron Anderson, Ph.D.

The latest round of VCU’s Quest Innovation Fund awards supports 15 projects, including one that builds on the ongoing health-focused interdisciplinary collaboration between the School of the Arts and the School of Medicine.

The project is an Arts-Health Fellows program conceived by Aaron Anderson, Ph.D., who is an associate professor and associate chair of VCU’s Department of Theatre. He is also founding director of VCU’s new standardized patient program that’s run in conjunction with the medical school’s Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety and housed in the new McGlothlin Medical Education Center.

The program is the first in the country to use arts and medicine equally in developing innovative solutions to the challenges facing our health care system. It aims to form sustainable research collaborations between the two VCU campuses.

The program provides structured mentorship, contacts and financial support for four projects (two for faculty and two for students) to deploy arts in health care. This year’s fellows and research partners include:

  • Laura Chessin (Department of Graphic Design) – working with Kirsten Olsen (Centering Pregnancy administrator) and RaShel Charles (VCU Institute for Women’s Health)
  • Adrienne Enriquez (Communication Arts / Scientific and Medical Illustration) – working with VCU’s Children’s Hospital of Richmond / Center of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
  • Jamie Moore M.D., (Department of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery) – working with Cynthia Donnell (Department of Music / Voice)
  • Morgan Yacoe (Department of Sculpture) – working with Jennifer Rhodes, M.D., (reconstructive pediatric plastic surgeon), Ellen Brock, M.D., (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and medical director of the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety), and Amelia Grover, M.D. (Division of Surgical Oncology)

Read more about the Arts-Health Fellows program in the quarterly e-newsletter “Quest in Action,” which features the faculty, staff and students who’ve won Quest Innovation Fund awards.

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