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NEHP Live Webinar: Curtains Up! Using Medical Improvisation to Promote Empathetic Communication Skills
Mounting evidence demonstrates that applied medical improvisation, adapted from theater, can be an effective way to teach and promote improved empathetic and communication skills among members of the interprofessional health care team. Applied medical improvisation engages learners by allowing them an opportunity to explore emotions, test out new communication behaviors in safe environments, and develop the empathy required to deliver culturally competent care. Applied improvisation techniques are also consistent with adult learning theory in that they are experiential, allowing learners to build on their own experiences and promote problem solving. This session will: 1) describe evidence-based rationale for incorporating applied medical improv as an innovative educational strategy; 2) present a rationale for improvisation training in dietetics education, based on a review of current literature and data obtained from a recent pilot intervention conducted by the presenters in partnership with a dietetic internship program; and 3) provide a plan for incorporating applied improv exercises as an integral part of classroom instruction. The presentation will conclude with a strategy and plan for incorporation and application of improvisation techniques in dietetics curriculum.

This webinar is accredited for 1 CEU credit from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Learning codes: 1130, 6000, 7200.

Moderator: Kristen Hicks-Roof PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, Assistant Professor, University of North Florida

Dr. Kyle Thompson, DCN, RDN, LDN, CNSC, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University.

Sonja K. Stetzler, MA, RDN, LDN, CPC, Founder/principal of Effective Connecting

Jun 17, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kyle L. Thompson
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition @Appalachian State University
Dr. Kyle Thompson, DCN, RDN, LDN, CNSC, is Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition at Appalachian State University. Dr. Thompson earned her Master of Science in Nutrition from East Carolina University, and her Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. From 2010 – 2017, she directed Appalachian State University's Combined Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship Program. Dr. Thompson's research is focused on rural public health nutrition, applications of clinical nutrition in public health nutrition settings, and the use of simulation in the training of future nutrition professionals. She has published a variety of scholarly papers, and has presented at meetings including the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) 2013, 2014, 2015; the National Rural Health Association National Conference (2018, 2019), and the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (2019).
Sonja K. Stetzler, MA, RDN, LDN, CPC
Founder/principal @Effective Connecting
Sonja Kassis Stetzler received her M.A. in Organizational Communication from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and her B.S. in Dietetics from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She is the founder/principal of Effective Connecting, a consultancy that develops her clients’ communication skills to ensure their success in the workplace. Sonja has several decades’ worth of experience in food service management, sales, education, and executive coaching. She has been trained by Second City in their Applied Improvisation program and in Medical Improv at Northwestern University in Chicago. She published in the Spring 2019 issue of “Topics in Clinical Nutrition” highlighting research they conducted utilizing applied medical improvisation exercises to improve empathetic communication skills in nutrition and dietetic students. She is certified as an Executive Coach through Queens University’s certificate program.