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Chapel Haven community member John Orr provided travel training for the medical students.

First-year Yale medical students spent today touring Chapel Haven’s campus, meeting students and community members and learning more about the agency’s track record in serving adults with a variety of disabilities.

Along the way, the students, who are all new to New Haven, received some travel training from Chapel Haven community member John Orr, who met the group at the Yale Center for British Art, educated the students about the bus routes and accompanied them on a bus to Chapel Haven.

Margaret has the ear of two medical students as she talks about her experiences at Chapel Haven.

The group walked away wowed after a light breakfast in the café, where they had the chance to meet and chat with students and community members from the REACH and ASAT programs, and campus tours.

The visit springs from an innovative program created by Linda Friedlander, curator of education at the Yale Center for British Art, and Yale medical school faculty member Dr. Irwin Braverman, in which medical students are required to visit and study the collection at the museum. The program aims to help physicians move away from their heavy dependence on high-tech imaging and improve their powers of careful observation by studying paintings in the British museum’s famed collection.  Over time, research has shown that students who received the training show a nearly 10% improvement in their ability to detect important details, leading to more accurate diagnoses.

Students from the ASAT program enjoyed talking about their experiences at this table.

In light of Chapel Haven’s growing partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, Linda suggested the students tour Chapel Haven and the tradition began.

Tina Menchetti, Chapel Haven’s art teacher, facilitated the visit to Chapel Haven. She also met with the group at Yale to discuss Chapel Haven’s Out to Art program and its connections with the British museum.