In July 2017 we presented our first Medicine For Musicians workshop - developed by the co-founders of the Medical Musician Initiative, Dr. Marvin A. McMillen and guitarist Andrew Schulman. The workshop was presented in association with Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA.
The workshop involves morning lectures given by attending physicians from various medical departments, and hands on training in the afternoon in the hospital's Critical Care Unit (CCU). In order for a musician to successfully integrate into the medical team of a critical care unit it is vitally important to have a solid familiarity with the day-to-day care that takes place in the unit.
Berkshire Medical Center (photo of the main campus), a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the U.S., is located near some of the great arts centers in the country: Tanglewood - summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and Shakespeare & Company, among others.
Our second annual Medicine For Musicians workshop will take place at Berkshire Medical Center on July 23-27, 2018.
Medicine for Musicians Course
- Integrating Musicians into the Perioperative & ICU Care Team -
Medical faculty team from Berkshire Medical Center - Departments of Surgery, Critical Care, Integrative Medicine, Oncology, Colorectal Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Nursing.
- Exactly what is a Medical Musician?
- How does tissue injury and pain lead to surgical stress and the stress response to surgery and trauma?
- What is shock, sepsis and multiple organ failure? An introduction to Abdominal Surgery.
- Approaching patients supportively and compassionately while preserving their privacy.
- Body Image: Disfigurement and Uncertainty in Cancer Care.
- Life disruption and frustration with trauma - differences between the young and the old.
- Spiritual rediscovery in the context of serious/critical surgical illness and trauma.
- Atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attack, and amputation.
- What is Perioperative Delirium and ICU Psychosis?
- How important is the healing environment to a good surgical outcome and recovery?
- Orientation to life on dialysis and hope of transplantation.
- Outcomes: tools and studies.
- End-of-life decision-making and the “ritual of saying goodbye”.
Patients' bedside tutorials in ICU, Recovery Room, and Dialysis Unit - Workshop participants will go to patients ICU bedsides each afternoon for medical music sessions with Andrew Schulman, under the supervision of the medical team. They will learn how to introduce themselves to patients/family/friends/staff, how to identify patient/family/friends/staff needs, learn how to understand and help with patient/family/friends uncertainty, confusion, emotion, and grief, and learn how to explore the patient/family/friends musical history and “find the right musical prescription”.
If musicians are familiar with the normal processes of ICU care and see the ICU as an environment of hope and healing, they will be better prepared to play their best for the patient, family, friends, and the medical staff.
Interested musicians or ICU physician/nursing sponsors please contact:
Dr. Marvin A. McMillen
Chief of Perioperative Care
Berkshire Medical Center
725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-447-2745