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The Visual Arts and Graphic Medicine In Medical Education

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The incorporation of arts/humanities education is a growing trend in the training of healthcare professionals. Many medical schools are offering arts and humanities elective courses and opportunities for deeper engagement within these areas. This panel (of physicians, artists, students, cartoonists, and educators) will explore the clinical, interpersonal, professional, and practice-based skill benefits of these interdisciplinary arts programs. They will describe their roles in arts-based medical education, share their creative work, and investigate the influence of the artist on medical culture. 

Free with registration.

About the Panelists

Emily Yin, MD is a physician and amateur cartoonist who recently completed her residency training in Dermatology at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She enjoys using comics to educate and build connections with both patients and other medical providers. This fall, she will be joining the teaching faculty of the Department of Dermatology at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Her work has been published in Annals of Internal Medicine, and you can follow her on Instagram @dremilyyin.

Katie Grogan is a champion of interdisciplinary collaboration that bridges medicine with the arts and humanities. She co-directed the medical humanities program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine for 10 years, where she recruited and partnered with artists, writers, and scholars to expand creative opportunities for medical students and trainees. She recently joined the Center to Advance Palliative Care at Mount Sinai, where she uses her multi-disciplinary perspective to develop curricula on best practices in palliative care for all providers caring for patients with serious illness.

Katie has published and presented her work in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Medical Humanities, and national organizations, such as the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from NYU, a master’s degree in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU, and a doctorate in Medical Humanities from Drew University. She also holds a certificate in Bioethics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is currently pursuing a certificate in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.

Kriota Willberg is a cartoonist/interdisciplinary artist, massage therapist/health science educator, and the author of Draw Stronger: Self-Care for Cartoonists and Visual Artists (Uncivilized Books).  Her comics have appeared in: Spiral Bound (, SubCultures, Comics For Choice, The Graphic Canon, and Intima: Journal of Narrative Medicine, among others. Her comic Silver Wire was nominated for a 2019 Ignatz Award. Once the inaugural Artist In Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library, she’s now the AIR in The Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She teaches graphic medicine at NYU and the University of Rochester.

Laura Ferguson is an artist who uses the imagery of her own body to explore the connections between pain, consciousness, and creativity.  When disability made it hard for her to be out moving through the world, she made her own body the subject of artistic investigation, grounding her work in the anatomical reality of cadaver dissections and 3D medical imaging. 

Laura brought her perspective as artist, patient, and person with a disability to NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine in 2008, as Artist in Residence in the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine.  In her innovative Art & Anatomy drawing class, she helped med students and health professionals to see anatomy with new eyes and to appreciate the uniqueness and beauty of every body, however different.  Their work was featured in the book Art & Anatomy: Drawings, co-edited with Katie Grogan (University of California Medical Humanities Press, 2018).  

Laura’s drawings and prints have been featured in seminal exhibitions of art and medicine, and disability art, including “Seeing Ourselves” at MuseCPMI in New York, “Humans Being” at the Chicago Cultural Center, and “Beyond the X-ray” at the Boston Museum of Science.

Michael Natter, MD is an Artist, Humanist, and Doctor. He fuses his background in fine art with his medical training to educate medical students, residents, and his patients by translating medical topics into digestible illustrations.  Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in childhood, Natter became interested in medicine at a young age, but pursued his passion for visual art at Skidmore college before completing medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. He made his his way back to NYC to complete his Internal Medicine Residency at NYU Grossman School of Medicine where he spent his senior year on the COVID-19 front lines. He is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician and is currently in his final year of Endocrinology fellowship at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where he was awarded Fellow of the Year both years of his fellowship and the Fellow Teaching Award in 2021. His work has been featured in media outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Annals of Internal Medicine, Medscape, Buzzfeed, and others. You can follow his journey on instagram @mike.natter, on twitter @mike_natter and via his website

Dr. Michael S. Shen is an artist and Clinical Director of the Primary Care Safety Net at Woodhull Hospital, a complex care clinic that provides comprehensive medical care and housing navigation for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. He is passionate about the intersection of humanities and medicine, especially where it relates to medical education and public health. He completed a Rudin Fellowship in Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine. He is an editorial illustrator for the American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics.


September 20
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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