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Medical Students & Improv

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Watson, Katie. “Perspective: Serious Play: Teaching Medical Skills With Improvisational Theater Techniques.” Academic Medicine. 2011 October; 86(10): 1260-5. link
  • Brotman, Barbara. “Northwestern med students practice improv.” Chicago Tribune February 15, 2010. link
  • O’Reilly,  Kevin B. “Comedic skills for a serious role: Improv class teaches med students to think on their feet.” American Medical News. March 7, 2011. link


  • Hoffman, Ari, Brynn Utley and Dan Ciccarone. “Improving medical student communication skills through improvisational theatre.” Medical Education. 2008; 42: 537–538. link

Johns Hopkins

  • Shochet, Robert, et al. “‘Thinking on my feet’: an improvisation course to enhance students’ confidence and responsiveness in the medical interview.” Education for Primary Care. 2013 Feb; 24(2): 119-24. link to abstract

Mayo Medical School

  • Hammer, Rachel, et al. “Telling the Patient’s Story: using theatre training to improve case presentation skills.” Medical Humanities. 2011; 37: 18-22.  pdf

Medical Residents/Fellows & Improv

Neonatology/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

  • Stokes, TA; Watson KL; Boss, RD. “Teaching Antenatal Counseling Skills to Neonatal Providers.” Seminars in Perinatology. 38 (2014) 47-51. pdf

Pathology/Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Lestch, Corinne. “Pathology residents and grad students in the Bronx take new improv class to communicate better.” Daily News. August 7, 2012. link

Pharmacy Students & Improv

  • Boesen, Kevin, et al. “Improvisational exercises to improve pharmacy students' professional communication skills.” American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2009; 73: Article 35. link