This continuing education course will use the art and skill of improvisational theater to enhance and improve communication and rapport with patients and teammates. Because a great deal of patient interactions are improvised, the skills developed and exercised here will help build confidence, the ability to listen, observe and then respond in stressful situations. In this course we are not focused on being funny. Our emphasis is on collaboration, authenticity, teamwork, listening, discovery, and just having fun. No previous theater or improv experience is required.
Andrew Weiss, DAOM L.Ac. was awarded a teaching fellowship at Bastyr and subsequently served as faculty at Bastyr and PCOM. He completed his Doctoral degree at Bastyr University and his Master’s degree at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Andrew completed the Medical Improv Train-the-Trainer program at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Andrew is passionate about the benefits of improv to benefit teamwork and community. He is an active player and producer in the improv world, having performed locally with Jet City Improv, The Pocket Theater and Sound Theater Company and also at festivals all over the US including NY, SF, Portland and San Diego.
Having had extensive experience with both the healing world and the improvisational theater world, Andrew is excited to merge the two to facilitate better communication skills between practitioners and their peers, patients, as well as office staff and students. His intimate knowledge of both worlds has given him the opportunity to see how improvisation can help practitioners more effectively listen to and hear their patient’s concerns and to better develop a deep and trusting bond.