Gold Human InSight Webinar | Clinical Improv: Cross-Training Your Communication Muscles

This Gold Human Insight Webinar, co-hosted with the Alda Center for Communicating Science, focuses on improvisational theater skills, which have a surprising and substantial overlap with skills required of clinicians.

The webinar features Elizabeth Bojsza, Assistant Professor of Practice, and Susmita Pati, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Program Advisor, of Alda Center for Communicating Science and Howard Silverman, MD, MS. Professor, Biomedical Informatics, Family & Community Medicine, and Bioethics & Medical Humanism, The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Dr. Silverman is also a former Gold Trustee and the immediate past chair of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Advisory Council. They are joined in improv exercises by Ann Staudinger Knoll & Briana Corkill, second-year medical students at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in Phoenix.

Improv is a genre of performance art grounded in principles of spontaneity, adaptability, collaboration, and skilled listening. Clinical Improv is an emerging field being developed and studied in which improv principles and training techniques are used to improve cognition, communication, and teamwork in the field of medicine.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define clinical improv and review evidence underlying the use of clinical improv training to enhance humanistic team and clinical communication skills while meeting new challenges and opportunities, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Review how clinical improv training can be utilized in clinical training programs.
  3. Describe learner experiences and learnings from clinical improv training.
  4. Demonstrate the application of clinical improv training.

The Gold Foundation created Gold Human InSight Webinars to bring inspirational live and pre-recorded virtual webinars to healthcare professionals and learners. The Gold Human InSight Webinars feature Gold Ambassadors and leaders from our Gold Circle Network of Speakers, often in close collaboration with our institutional and organizational partners. The theme of the 2020-2021 Gold Human InSight Webinar series is “Care, Compassion, & Collaboration during the Dual Pandemic.” Access the full library of past webinars and check our Events calendar for upcoming live webinars and video releases.