Established in 2010, Academic Programs at the Potter connects academics and students in all disciplines at the University of Melbourne with the Museum’s exhibitions, collections and programs. The Academic Programs team actively seeks engagement with core teaching, learning and research activities across the University by offering links with coursework, assignments and higher degree research.
For further information, contact:
Dr Kyla McFarlane, Curator of Academic Programs (Research)
Kim Pham, 4th-year Doctor of Medicine
‘The sessions at the Ian Potter Museum of Art during my medical degree have been invaluable in my development as a future medical practitioner. The sessions taught me about truly taking the time to observe and developing a more applicable process for my interactions with patients. I was also given an opportunity to engage in critical discussion, which is essential to science but often ignored during a packed medical curriculum. I left feeling more capable of engaging with the emotional narrative of my patients and being more open to their perspective. Art has a capacity to make us critical and deep thinkers, using our capacity to observe to the full extent, and this should be a defining part of university education.’