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Saturday, August 10 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
Medical Interprofessional Team Building and Communication

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How can different doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, staff, and medical technicians all work together to make people healthier and safer? How can older hierarchies and obsolete traditions be replaced with new kinds of working relationships in medicine? This session will share our experience of using Applied Improv in training second year medical students at The University of Texas Dell Medical School’s within the school's interprofessional integration curriculum. We use improvisation exercises during clinical clerkship intersessions to enable medical students to experientially explore and debrief clerkship experiences through the lenses of interprofessional collaboration, patient safety, and quality improvement. We used improv to better the interprofessional collaborative practice as a means to achieve the Triple Aim (Improving the patient care experience; Improving health of population; and Reducing the cost of health care). Improvisational exercises provide highly interactive and fun transformational experiences that focus on being in the present, making connections, and blending various communication approaches for diverse audiences. Through improvisation, learners gain useful techniques to create open and flexible connections with teams and patients. Moreover, learners integrate and blend verbal, physical, and emotional cues to increase collaborations and to diffuse tension in diverse groups.


Dr. Rob Milman

Dr. Rob Milman served as a private practice radiologist for over 25 years and is a former partner with the Austin Radiological Association in Austin, Texas. In addition to being an affiliate at the UT Austin Center for Health Communication, Dr. Milman is an Assistant Dean of Academic... Read More →

Shana Merlin

Shana Merlin is an award-winning, nationally touring trainer, improviser, and performer. Some of her clients have included Baylor Scott&White Health, Austin Regional Clinic, Methodist Medical Center, and ChristusHealth. In addition to being an affiliate at the Center for Health Communication... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm EDT
The Wang Center - Lecture Hall 1