9:15 – 10:15 am

Category: Art

Diversity in Medical Illustration and its Impact

Medical illustrators have long been an integral part in making the human body and the medicine that cares for it more accessible to human beings. So it is no surprise that lately the question has started to arise-why doesn’t medical illustration typically represent the wide expanse of being that exists? It is high time that we put as much research and thought into the gender, race, age, weight, etc,. of the subjects that we are illustrating. Creating this kind of inclusivity within the space of health care will only serve to help doctors learn to see anatomy, disease, and treatment in a diverse population allowing them to treat more effectively and with less bias. It will also allow people who don’t often (if ever) see themselves as a patient have that opportunity, and when people feel seen they have more confidence in themselves which could lead to them more actively and effectively advocating for themselves, and gaining more knowledge about their own care. All of these changes set us on a path to more effective (and possibly affordable) health care and isn’t that something everyone can benefit from?

Session Takeaways:
1. How diversity and equal representation can positively effect patients/lay people.
2. How diversity and equal representation can positively effect health care workers in their learning and their ongoing practice.
3. How both of these positive influences can cumulatively effect health care and its cost and effectiveness.
4. How we can begin to instill this practice of using diversity in our work and in the future of medical illustrators.

Reagan Stevens

Medical Illustrator, University Hospitals

Reagan Stevens is a medical illustrator at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a B.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Dayton and a B.F.A. in Biomedical Illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She enjoys all aspects of medical illustration but especially growing the diversity within her practice and orthopedic surgery. She is working towards getting her certification in the next year.