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).
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
- Feedback: The art of specificity
- Interprofessional teamwork
- Power dynamics, body language, and verbal cues
- Making Mistakes: Resilience and kindness
- Improvisation Skills: Thrive in the unexpected
- Great Presentations: Design & delivery
- Great Precepting: Clinical teaching skills
- Storytelling for Healers
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
- University of British Columbia
- University of Washington
- California Academy of Family Physicians
- Providence Health & Services
- National Society of Genetic Counselors
- 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
If you are interested in collaborating with the Mayutica Institute on an educational program at your institution, please contact us.