Dr. Moghbeli with art
Mental & Behavioral Health

Drawing on Art to Relieve Stress of Practicing Medicine

By on 04/19/2021

Can the practice of art help alleviate the stress of the practice of medicine?

Nazanin Moghbeli thinks so – and she should know. Moghbeli is a cardiologist and a formally trained and exhibited artist who finds refuge in creating art – and wants to help others do the same.

Dr. Moghbeli, Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, is presenting a virtual drawing workshop for medical students from all major Philadelphia area medical centers on Wednesday, April 21. The 60-minute workshop, the first event of its kind for all the city’s medical students, will focus on learning drawing techniques and ideas for creating a sketchbook.

“I have been a practicing cardiologist and exhibiting artist for over a decade and have taken refuge in art-making during challenging times, ”  Dr. Moghbeli says. “I want to create ways for medical practitioners to engage with art as a means of finding refuge, inspiration and rest through the creative process.”

The workshop is being presented in partnership with DaVinci Art Alliance, a nonprofit organization based in South Philadelphia that provides free exhibits and art programming for the community, and the Philadelphia Humanities Collaborative, which includes faculty and staff from regional medical schools.

Dr. Moghbeli received her medical and public health degrees at Johns Hopkins University while studying art in the evenings at Maryland Institute College of Art. She has an art studio in Manayunk and her work as been exhibited in the United States and Europe.

“Burnout is a significant problem facing medical students and physicians and is characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism and overall job dissatisfaction,” she says. The COVID pandemic has made matters that much worse.

“There is growing evidence that engagement with the arts can decrease provider burnout, which leads to better patient outcomes,” Dr. Moghbeli says.

To register for the event, visit https://davinciartalliance.org/calendar/drawing-to-decompress.

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