FINE artist Professor Daniel Duffy has been appointed as the first Fellow in the Humanities at the Graduate-Entry Medical School in the University of Limerick.
The artist, who is originally from New Jersey, has had his art exhibited all over the world. He will work with third year medical school students on a compulsory module to develop awareness of both humanities and medicine by “combining both the human nature and science elements of illnesses”.
Prof Duffy’s work in UL will enhance creativity and artistic talent among medical students while “broadening faculty knowledge in the area of humanities in medicine”, he explained.
“The aim of this humanities course is to improve medical students’ visual acumen through the introduction to fine arts concepts and structured observation exercises,” he said.
“A visual analysis of works of art and direct observation drawing workshops enhance inspection skills that apply to improved patient care,” he added.
His position as artist-in-residence is the first of its kind for a medical school in Ireland and is supported by Lundbeck Ireland, a pharmaceutical company specialising in the treatment of central nervous system conditions such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.