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Grand Rounds-Amy Herman

  • IU Health Methodist Hospital 1701 N Senate Blvd Indianapolis, IN, 46202 (map)

President, The Art of Percpetion

Amy Herman is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to systematically sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. By showing people how to look closely at painting, sculpture, and photography, she helps them hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most pertinent and useful information as well as recognize biases that impede decision making. She developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program for a wide range of professionals and leads sessions internationally for the New York City Police Department, the FBI, the French National Police, the Department of Defense, Interpol, the State Department,

Fortune 500 companies, first responders, the military, and the intelligence community. In her highly participatory presentation, she demonstrates the relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and how the analysis of works of art affords participants in her program an innovative way to refresh their sense of critical inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership.

  • Rethink observation and perception skills and how precisely and objectively we communicate

  • Reconsider the use of assumptions in professional judgment

  • Understand the role of cultural competence in the workplace through the analysis of works of art

  • Confront implicit bias and how it affects decision making

  • Learn how to incorporate multiple perspectives in professional decisions