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How improv helps physician leaders

"Signing up for an improv class was unchartered territory. It was far beyond my comfort zone, like skydiving, for a little thrill. I’m not an adrenaline junkie interested in the…
November 2, 2020

How improv helps physician leaders

“Signing up for an improv class was unchartered territory. It was far beyond my comfort zone, like skydiving, for a little thrill. I’m not an adrenaline junkie interested in the ultimate adventure nor an aspiring actress hoping for a guest appearance on SNL. I’m a physician and a physician leader. Learning improvisational theatre wasn’t on my comprehensive, personal to-do list.

But I’m also a physician coach. I sense what others feel in the moment without interpretation or judgment. However, when I tried to turn the same discerning sage on myself, I was faltering. The voice of compassion that I once used during patient visits and that I now use during client sessions, is sometimes muted by an inner critic that tells me to keep self-awareness out of awareness. It is this voice that I wanted to stifle when I hit the submit button.”

Terri Malcolm is an obstetrician-gynecologist and founder, Master Physician Leaders.

She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “How improv helps physician leaders.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/08/how-improv-helps-physician-leaders.html)

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