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