Podcast Available: “Can Photography Make You a Better Doctor?: Reflections on a Life in Photography and Medicine,” By John Moses

In this talk, “Can Photography Make You a Better Doctor? Reflections on a Life in Photography and Medicine,” Duke pediatrician and photographer John Moses discusses how he has used photography over the past twenty-five years to better understand the lives of his patients and hopefully to become a better doctor.

Moses first came to photography while an undergraduate at Duke, where he studied with photographer Alex Harris. After graduating, he spent a year photographing the living and working conditions of migrant workers in North Carolina and Florida. After completing his residency in pediatrics, Moses received a grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation, which allowed him to work halftime as a pediatrician in Henderson, North Carolina, and halftime as a documentarian using photography to explore the issue of adolescent pregnancy. This work was published in the book The Youngest Parents, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Coles and photographer Jocelyn Lee.

In this talk, Moses also shares his photographs of primary caregivers across the country, as well as a more intimate portrait of one primary caregiver in Coates, North Carolina. Moses ends with images from his current work with young gunshot victims in Durham.

In 2010, the Duke Graduate Medical Education Innovation Fund provided seed funding to pilot Documenting Medicine, which pairs Duke physician residents and fellows with documentarians at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke to produce documentary work exploring medical issues.

READ MORE: http://dukechronicle.com/article/healing-lens-doctos-and-students-explore-patient-experience-through-photography

For more information on this program, visit: documentingmedicine.com​ or contact Liisa Ogburn at liisa.ogburn@duke.edu

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