Medical Improv for Healthcare Practitioners (HEALTH-20IMPR04)

April 25 2020 9:00 am   through   April 26 2020 5:00 pm
14500 Juanita Dr NE
Continuing Education Department
Kenmore, WA 98028
Phone: 425-896-6717
Healthcare Professionals Early Registration Discount | $338 After 4/10/2020 $ 270.40
Bastyr Alumni/Faculty/Staff Early Registration Discount | $270.40 After 4/10/2020 $ 253.50
Full-Time Bastyr Student with ID $ 236.60
Campus Kenmore Campus
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Participants will learn the fundamentals and application of improvisational theater and its ability to benefit and enhance communication with patients, co-workers and students.


Dates: April 25 & 26, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00PM both days
13 CEUs available

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.

Course Educational Objectives

  • Students will be able to listen carefully, compassionately, and effectively.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective skills and strategies for handling difficult conversations, managing unanticipated outcomes, and develop a greater comfort in dealing with ambiguity.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate how to work collaboratively as part of a health care team.

  • Students will demonstrate competence in the art of receiving and implementing feedback for personal and professional learning and growth.

  • Students will demonstrate exercises promoting behavior with honesty, integrity, respect, and compassion towards all involved in the healthcare world.

CEUs Available for the Following Credentials:

  • ND (licensed in the state of Washington)
  • LAc (NCCAOM 13 PDA points approved) 
  • LMHC
  • MD Category II
  • RN Category II
  • LMT (pending)

About the Instructor

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.