Michiko Maruyama’s Daily Medical Doodles

Michiko Maruyama Cardiac Tamponade

Cardiac Tamponade

Michiko Maruyama Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

Michiko Maruyama hyperkalemia


Michiko Maruyama GI Layers

GI Layers

Michiko Maruyama scleroderma


Michiko Maruyama Plueral Effusions

Plueral Effusions

michiko maruyama gastric secretions transforming

Michiko Maruyama stacks of doodles

Michiko Maruyama is a medical student who turned studying into and artistic exercise.

“At the end of each day, I sit and I think about everything that I had learned from morning till night and I transform it into a Daily Doodle. By combining studying and drawing, each doodle acts as a learning tool and a creative exercise.”

I have a feeling that Michiko and i Heart Guts should get together for the ultimate in anatomical cuteness.

View all of Michiko’s Daily Medial Doodles and explanations of each medical term at artoflearning.ca!


[spotted by Cyndi R.]



7 thoughts on “Michiko Maruyama’s Daily Medical Doodles”

  1. I think this is a fantastic way to learn anatomy by using drawings as a learning tool and a creative exercise. We’ve been spending centuries reproducing the human form in a way that makes it easier to study, view, and understand. Applying this cultural commonality to studying for medical school is a great idea. Representation is the use of language or images to create meaning. By representing anatomy in a new fun way, Michiko is creating meaning for himself to study something that has a very set and correct way of being drawn. But I love that he proves that you can be subjective and still learn the “correct” anatomy. He makes anatomy fun, even though it might not be exactly anatomically correct, he still is able to reproduce the correct anatomy, by studying anatomy in a creative way.
    “The increased use of visualization processes and visual images to represent all sorts of sensory information has changed not only how scientists pursue knowledge but also what scientists seek to know (Sturken and Cartwright, 349).” This quote evinces how visualization is important in the new way of learning. Visualization is needed to interpret the knowledge that scientist pursue. Michiko’s visualizations of his medical studies shows how sometimes interpretations makes it easier for people to understand that is occurring in the human body, without the complicated medical jargon. Explaining medical terms in a doodle makes me think that this might be the new way to learn. Anything that makes learning fun, new, and exciting is a great way to change the way the monotony of learning, and make it more interesting.

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