Interactive Learning and Theater
HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research has received national recognition for incorporating theater into medical education to engage learners and help them better understand the patient’s perspective. Health Professional Education has developed an interactive format called BlackBox CME ™ . “Black box” is a term used in theater to describe a space devoid of props, lighting, and a set, within which other creative techniques are used to bring a play to life. We use the term to describe the integration of CME and a variety of interactive educational activities that include the use of actors, props, sets, clinical simulators, audience response systems and audience participation.
I really appreciated this unique experience. I liked that it was in a theater, that I was able to learn something and have a few laughs along the way. I appreciated the short 15 minute blasts of learning followed by comedy and seriousness of patient experience.”
Theater is also used as a transformational tool as part of the The EBAN Experience ™. The following video clips are from a film created to help health care providers better understand the patient experience and inform their strategies to reduce disparities in care.
Twin Cities Public Television, "Health Acts: Setting a New Course." Documentary on the EBAN Experience, first aired February 5, 2012.
Carl A. Patow and Debra J. Bryan, “Engaging Physicians in CME: The Power of Theater.” Minnesota Medicine, November 2010.
Carl A. Patow and Debra J. Bryan "Connecting Hearts and Minds." Medical Meetings, September 2011.
For additional information, email Deb Bryan or call 952-883-6904.