Patient Listening: Patient Listening: How Art Shapes Medicine
Our exploration of the inner lives of doctors continues now, in the segment we call “Patient Listening.”
IU's Dr. Rich Frankel is back with another in his series of Patient Listening conversations. This week Rich sits down with a father and son who both have found ways to weave the arts into their work in medicine.
Father is Dr. Curt Oehler, a cardiologist, poet and print-maker who practices in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Son is medical student Drew Oehler. Drew, now in his third year of medical school, is editor-in-chief of a literary publication titled Reflections, which first year medical students find tucked into the pockets of their new white coats.
Drew explains that his goal as an editor is to remind doctors-in-training that they need to maintain balance in their lives.
Drew’s father Curt explains how he uses poetry -- and print-making -- to find connections with a world outside of, but complementary to, medicine.