The Power of Improv: panel discussion in partnership with the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care
Elizabeth Byland, Director of Applied Health Improv, associate professor, Department of Theatre
- Dr. Alan Dow, Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, President and CEO of UHS-PEP, VCU Health Continuing Education
- Dr. Cindee Rolston, Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Psychology, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Director of Psychosocial Services and Interprofessional Science at Sheltering Arms Institute
November 10, 2020, 5:30-6:30 pm
While improv is commonly known as a theatrical medium for comedic entertainment, it can also be used as a teaching method. Improv revolves around communication in the moment that, when structured for education, can improve empathy, communication, collaboration, mindfulness, creative risk-taking, and validation. For teams, it can build trust and resilience.
VCUarts, in partnership with the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, provides improv-based, experiential learning opportunities for healthcare practitioners and learners. In this session, the team that developed the course will share a few key improv principles that demonstrate the power of improv as a teaching strategy to promote acceptance, trust, teamwork, and leadership in healthcare professionals and beyond.