Fairbanks Ethics Lecture examines “medical improv”

Wednesday February 5, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium

Visiting Scholar Katie L. Watson will present deliver a presentation entitled, “Practicing for Practice: Medical Improv, Ethics, and Advanced Communication Skills.” Her talk is co-sponsored by the Kaye Woltman Endowed Visiting Lectureship at the IU School of Nursing.

Objectives:

  1. Identify how medical humanities and applied arts can contribute to improving clinicians’ communication skills, particularly in the emotionally charged, high stakes situations often encountered in clinical practice.
  2. Discuss the parallel between improv skills and skill necessary to resolve ethical conflicts.
  3. Identify how medical improv could enhance clinicians’ skills in the realms of cognition, patient communication, and professional teamwork.

Katie Watson is an assistant professor in the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she is a member of the ethics committee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Editor of the medical humanities publication Atrium, and an award-winning teacher of bioethics, humanities, and law to medical students and MA students. Professor Watson graduated from NYU School of Law in 1992, and after years as a public interest lawyer she completed fellowships in clinical medical ethics at University of Chicago Medical School’s MacLean Center and in medical humanities at Northwestern. Professor Watson also has a background in theater—she is currently an adjunct faculty member at the training center of Chicago’s Second City theatre—and in 2002 she created what appears to be the country’s first medical school improv seminar designed to teach communication skills, a unique interdisciplinary adaptation she calls “medical improv.”

The Kaye Woltman Endowed Visiting Lectureship is made possible by a generous gift from the Woltman Family to the IU School of Nursing. This inaugural lectureship is part of an initiative to develop and implement best-practice models for enhanced healthcare provider communication with patients and their families at the end-of-life.

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series as an educational outreach to physicians and staff of Indiana University Health hospitals and interested others in the central Indiana community. Lectures are free, open to all, and do not require pre-registration. Continuing education credit is offered to physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains at no charge, regardless of their institutional affiliation.

**Please Note– Lunch will not be provided. Food & Drinks are not permitted in the ROC Auditorium.**

For questions and comments, please contact Amy Chamness at achamnes@iuhealth.org, or (317) 962-1721. For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, please visit the Fairbanks Center website.