Studying art can help students make up to 38 per cent more accurate observations, according to recent research.

Dr. Khoshbin, who had a background in art analysis himself before taking a medical degree, said art classes seem to help train students in what he calls “visual literacy.”

“Quite often, when students miss a diagnosis, they tell us they didn’t look,” Dr. Khoshbin said. “You can look at a face and observe certain aspects of it, like lines on a face, the colour of it, the colour of the eyelids, the colour of the lips — these are all things once you are trained to look for it, you do better at it,” Khoshbin said.