For the medical doctors, bringing music into medical profession is a blessing. The biography of a head and neck surgeon who grew up with music, and his experience as an amateur party musician during his teenager taught him great lessons of empathy, an ability needed in medical practice. This partly implies similarities between the nature of music and that of medicine. Although music is not his major career, it has involved in most parts of his life, including clinical practice, medical teaching, family time, and administration.

His experience on music medicine took him a step further to integrate music into the medical education, where he found a crucial gap for using an analogy of music experience to improve the professional practice. It goes along with what so called “non-technical skills” (or crew resource management), a concept behind the highest safety culture in aviation, which is really needed in medicine. The conversation with Dr.Patravoot Vatanasapt will give you an example of how medical doctor can make great uses of music.

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Patravoot Vatanasapt, MD, Past President of the International Association for Music and Medicine, is a head and neck surgeon, cancer epidemiologist; a former head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand; who is passionated about using music in his clinical practice for cancer patients. He invented the “tracheomelodica” for pulmonary rehabilitation of laryngectomized patients and applied music into the comprehensive program for rehabilitation of laryngeal cancer patients. Currently, he has integrated music into medical education which has been implemented in several medical schools in Thailand. He is an editorial board member of the journal ‘Music and Medicine.’

Host: Dr. Joseph Schlesinger, IAMM Vice President and Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Division of Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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