Improvisation and the Art of Medicine: Adaptable Skills for an Uncertain World

Presenter: Belinda Fu, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington; Faculty, Swedish Family Medicine Residency Program; and Founder, Mayutica Institute
Recorded: February 13, 2018
Series: Allen M. Boyden, M.D. Memorial Lectureship

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The practice of medicine is unpredictable. Medical improvisation is the adaptation of improvisational theater training methods to the healthcare context, promoting collaborative patient care through improved communication, cognition, and well-being. Improvisation can increase awareness of emotional cues, create rapport through affirmation, and improve one’s ability to thrive in unpredictability. Belinda shares personal examples of how improv skills can deeply connect clinicians to the humanity of others during the complex communication challenges that pervade the practice of medicine.