Arts, Humanism, and Caregiving Symposium

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - WamsWorks & Worcester Art Museum



Adults: $30 lunch included

Students & Residents: Free

Download full Symposium brochure here.

Approved for 5.5 Category 1 CMEs; 5.5 Nursing CEUs

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Full Symposium brochure available here.

Approved for 5.5 Category 1 CMEs, 5.5 Nursing CEUs

Few spots remain as of 3/28/17 for the docent-led Worcester Art Museum tours

Led by Joel H. Popkin, M.D., this symposium is about caregiving and caregivers – what we can do for those in need and what we can do about caring for ourselves. We will tell you surprising – maybe even dazzling – things we can do for those in need, and how that all works.  We will also speak of caring for ourselves, since, after all, if we can’t care for ourselves, we can’t really care for others.  Those of us in the caregiving business often forget that vitally important piece of the equation.

Art work for display at the Symposium is welcome and may be submitted to Joel Popkin ( or 508-414-8904)

Program – Saturday, April 29, 2017

WamsWorks (6 Institute Rd, Worcester)

7:45-8:30 - Registration

Part 1 - Literature and Medicine

8:30-9:15 - "Finding Hope and Healing Through the Arts” - Drs. Frank Domino, Gary Blanchard

9:15-10:00 - “Why We Need to Tell—and Listen to—Stories”   - Lucia Knoles, PhD

Break - 10:00-10:30

Part 2 - Music and Medicine

10:30-11:30 - “Symphony of the Brain” - Joel Popkin, MD

11:30-12:15 - “Music Therapy:  Clinical Applications within the Medical Model” - Kayla Daly, BCMT, LMHC

Lunch - 12:15-1:00, including musical interlude

Part 3 - Art and Medicine

1:00-1:45 - “The Art of Observation” - Jim Welu, PhD

Worcester Art Museum (55 Salisbury Street, Worcester)

2:00-3:00 - “A Docent Led Tour on the Use of Fine Art to Teach and Improve Observation Skills” - Paul Steen, MD et al.



3:00: 30 minute roundtable discussion: where do we go with today’s discussion?

3:00: Tour WAM on own until closing

3:00: Enjoy the May flowers


Regretfully, we must limit docent tours at the museum to the first 90 registrants who indicate interest.




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