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Medical improv putting physicians to the test
Modern Healthcare

The core principles of improvisation—equality, collaboration, flexibility, responsiveness, differing perspectives—can be applied to anything from comedic theater to a hospital room.Dr. Carolyn Chan, a first-year resident at University Hospitals, was looking for a research project last fall when a mentor suggested she combine her long-time hobby of improv with her medical work—something she hadn’t thought to do before. Soon, she began using improv as a tool when something was going wrong in a conversation with a patient.“With patients who are really angry at me for whatever reason, I’ll try to calm them down by trying to find something to actually agree on,” Chan said.