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The Mayutica Institute for Communication in Medicine (MICM) is dedicated to improving interpersonal communication, collaboration, and wellbeing in the practice of medicine.





The Mayutica Institute designs and leads plenaries, courses, retreats, workshops, and seminars for groups ranging in size from four to 4,000.


"Improvisation and the Art of Medicine: Adaptable skills for an uncertain world"

In this inspiring, interactive, and informative plenary, Mayutica founder Dr. Belinda Fu describes her experiences with Medical Improv as a physician, patient, and educator, and explains its power to improve communication skills through experiential learning. Medical improvisation is the adaptation of improvisational theatre training methods to the healthcare context, promoting collaborative patient care through improved communication, cognition, and wellbeing. With compelling stories and audience interaction, Dr. Fu explores how 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 unpredictable, complex communication challenges that pervade the practice of medicine. (Duration: 60 minutes).

This plenary has been presented at:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians - 2018 Health & Well-being Conference
  • Providence St. Joseph Medical Center - 2018 Allen M. Boyden Memorial Lectureship
  • University of British Columbia - 2018 Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Conference
  • California Academy of Family Physicians - 2017 Clinical Forum
  • National Society of Genetic Counselors - 2016 Annual Conference
EXCELLENT SESSION!!! She’s amazing and this idea is VALUABLE. I work with medical students and I intend to read more and try to start implementing some of these skills with them.”

”Thank you for the many parts of your lecture which addressed very directly many aspects of the work of medicine.”

”Thank for sharing your experiences. The amount of courage and energy you have is awesome and life-altering to those that hear your story.”

”She gave the very best plenary of this entire conference.
— AAFP 2018 Physician Wellness Conference attendees


Mayutica workshops are engaging and interactive, designed for participants to be active and collaborative learners. Participants leave each session with new behavioral skills that they can start using and practicing right away. 

Topics are customized; prior topics have included:

  • Conversations that Connect: Improvisation and difficult conversations
  • Interprofessional teamwork: Support and connection
  • Improvisation Skills: Thrive in the unexpected
  • Making Mistakes: Resilience and kindness
  • Healer's Stories, Patient's Stories: Narrative skills for connection and communication
  • Power dynamics, body language, and verbal cues
  • Feedback: The art of specificity
  • Great Presentations: Design & delivery
  • Great Precepting: Clinical teaching skills

Sessions are relevant for all specialties, disciplines, and levels of training and practice, including students, residents, fellows, faculty, and clinical staff. Workshops range in duration from 1-3.5 hours, depending on topic and audience size; customized half- and full-day workshops are also available. Workshops can be incorporated into didactics, retreats, conferences, and CME events. Ideal workshop size is 8-16 participants; customized workshops can be created for groups ranging in size from 4 to 60 (additional Mayutica instructors may be needed).

Mayutica has led workshops for:

  • The Cleveland Clinic
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians
  • Group Health Cooperative (Kaiser Permanente)
  • University of Washington
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Bastyr University
  • State University of New York (SUNY)
The information you so passionately teach has the capacity to greatly improve medical care and our lives in general. Thanks for sharing.
— Medical student, University of Washington

If you are interested in collaborating with the Mayutica Institute on an educational program at your institution, please contact us.

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