Curious to Learn Medical Improv? The 1st One at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine was Amazing! Check Out 2nd One at University of Washington School of Medicine this May!

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Last June I attended the very first Medical Improv Train-the-Trainer conference in Chicago at the NUFSOM!  This four day conference included a small group of nurses, doctors, attorneys, social workers and actors who specialized in improvisation and standardized patients!  Here’s a review of the event!  Some of us had experience in Improv and others did not!  If you are at all intrigued by any of the subsequent blogposts or the grassroots youtube, I highly recommend this accredited 4 day conference to develop your ‘people skills’ and develop your teams.  
Details and registration information can be found at  The workshop is sponsored by the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine
search-1Course Instructor: –  Katie Watson, JD, is an Assistant Professor in the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program of Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, where she is an award-winning bioethics and health law teacher, a member of the hospital ethics committee, and Editor of the medical humanities publication Atrium. Professor Watson has been studying and performing improv since 1997, and she joined the faculty of The Second City Training Center in 2008…more about Katie
search-2Course Director:   Belinda Fu, MD, is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, and faculty in the Valley Family Medicine Residency Program in Renton, Washington. She received her BA at Stanford University, her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her residency, chief residency, and faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Fu is a professional actor, and a Theatresports™ ensemble member at Seattle’s Unexpected Productions,…more about Belinda

Additional Resources

“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

Quality & Safety Intersection: Medical Improv & Health Care! Stephanie Frederick, RN, M.Ed., Confident Voices in Healthcare Blog, 2013

“Improvisational Exercises to Improve Pharmacy Students’ Professionals Communication Skills”,  Kevin P. Boesen, PharmD, Richard N. Herrier, PharmD, David A. Apgar, PharmD and Rebekah M. Jackowski, PharmD, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education,  April 2009.

Shifting to Collaborative Behaviors with Help From Medical Improv-The Innovative Bridge to Positive Patient Experience, Safe Care, & Rewarding Work, Beth Boynton, RN, MS, Confident Voices in Healthcare Blog, 2013

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