I’m going to apologize for ranting right now. I am sorry! But, yesterday I got two emails in my news feeds that made me squirm in my chair! One was a Time.com piece about a Johns Hopkins’ Study about rude doctors and the other was from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices and focused unresolved disrespectful behavior in healthcare. Both of these studies are recent!
What makes me squirm is the idea that:
A) This stuff is considered news!
B) We continue to focus resources on proving what we already know!
C) It is so challenging to sell/promote new and different ideas that will help!
There seems to be a lot of fuming about a fire while a few of us are pointing to the water!
The ‘Out-of-the-Box’ concept of teaching ‘medical improv’ to healthcare professionals to help solve stubborn problems, like patient safety, patient experience, and job satisfaction is like a beacon in the night!
Here are a few resources for anyone interested in exploring it. And thanks for letting me rant!
100 min YouTube
Medical Improv: Exploring Learning Experiences that Promote Safe Care, Patient Satisfaction, & Rewarding Careers
Testimonials from 5/13 Workshop Pilot in Cape Neddick, ME
A Ripple in Cape Neddick, ME and a Wave in Chicago:Medical Improv On the Rise (Note Professor Katie Watson’s work at NWUFSM)
11/12 Webinar with Surgeon Ken Cohn
Medical Improvisation for Harried Healthcare Professionals
Related youtube using improv to teach:Interruption Awareness:A Nursing Minute for Patient Safety
“Perspective: Serious Play: Teaching Medical Skills With Improvisational Theater Techniques”, Professor Katie Watson, JD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Academic Medicine, Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, October 2011 – Volume 86 – Issue 10 – pp 1260-1265