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Welcome to the emerging world of ‘Medical Improv’, an experiential teaching process that can help us in infinite ways!  Different from improv comedy because the focus is on the learning process rather than performance or entertainment.  With facilitation to create a safe environment, many activities and techniques can be adapted for use in developing important “soft” skills such as; emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration, or leadership and/or improving vital outcomes such as; patient safety, patient experience, or staff engagement. It is fun and effective!  

Now you can learn how to teach fundamental improv activities at your facility with “Medical Improv:  A New Way to Teach Communication!” 

This industry-first train-the-trainer resource includes 15 activities that you can teach STAT!

Here two students demonstrate a simple listening activity called “Same Time Story“!  Here you’ll see students participating in a more complex activity called “Gibberish Talk Show Host” that can help with the deeper communication practices involving sharing power.

To learn more about Medical Improv check out these links and my guestpost series on Medline!

Why Med Improv?

I’ve been a nurse for over 30 years. My Masters is in Organization and Management and I’ve been teaching communication and collaboration for over a decade. I’ve studied group dynamics, emotional intelligence, organizational behavior and coaching all the while practicing as an RN and guess what I’ve figured out? Healthcare professionals, by in large, already have the intellectual knowledge to be effective communicators, collaborative leaders, and team-players.

So why do we continue to struggle so with symptoms of poor communication and interpersonal skills like workplace violence, medical errors, poor patient experience, and morale/stress/burnout?

The Answer!

We do not have safe, practice opportunities for the emotional risk-taking that underlies assertiveness and listening. I’m talking about complicated ‘stuff’ like trust, self-and other-awareness, self-and other-respect, perspective-taking (especially in conflict), critical thinking, accountability, sharing power, empathy, ownership, creativity, forgiveness and overall being human.

The Other Answer!

Medical Improv is the practice we need! This experiential learning process promotes individual and organizational behaviors associated with safe, quality, cost-effective, Medical Improv (2)and compassionate care! Plus it is extremely fun and bonding!

But what is it? Is it comedy? Do we have to perform? How does it help with specific pain points? How does it work? Who teaches it? Where can you get trained?

Check out the above links to some pioneering work that my and I colleagues are doing that will help answer these questions. Please know that if you have questions or want to discuss how Med Improv can help you, your staff, or organization I’d be delighted to talk with you:

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