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Rx/Museum: Art & Reflection in Medicine

An initiative fostering clinician well-being and a humanistic practice of medicine

Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Health / Sustainability
  • Pedagogy

Organizing Institutions

Health Ecologies Lab, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Center for Digital Health at Penn Medicine

Contributing Institutions

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, and Slought

Opens to public


On the web

Developed by a consortium of educators and providers at Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania, and leading museums and arts institutions across Philadelphia, the Rx/Museum Initiative features a curated series of 52 artworks and essayistic reflections that embody the interplay between museums and medicine.

Every Monday, subscribers will receive an artwork in their inbox accompanied by insightful commentary about medicine as a humanistic practice. Each reflection examines traditionally challenging themes for clinicians - managing uncertainty, nuance, ambiguity and preconceived notions of death, illness, and suffering.

The Rx/Museum Initiative is a pilot program of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, led by the Health Ecologies Lab at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Digital Health at Penn Medicine, in partnership with The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, and Slought.

Write a Rx today to receive a weekly dose of art and reflection.

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