Local doctor uses improv to better bedside manner – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-10-25 09:12:27 –

Omaha, Nebraska (KMTV) —Michael Smith is an improvisational doctor, teacher, and lover. He started taking improvisational classes for fun a few years ago, but since then he has learned to bring creative storytelling techniques behind the scenes and into the lab.

“People don’t really change unless they actually listen,” Smith said. “It’s a lot of the concepts we practice.”

After receiving five cancer diagnoses in his family, he learned first-hand how communication affects patients and their families.

“I found myself on the other side of health care, which I had never experienced before,” Smith said. “So I saw a well-meaning, very smart and very kind healthcare member harm my family.”

This was when he learned that some of the skills he acquired in improvisation classes could be converted into bedside etiquette.

“I have been a much better listener.”

Currently, he teaches other healthcare professionals how to actually listen and add to the conversation in a meaningful way.

“The big rule that many people improvise know is’yes’,” Smith said. “And that means you can deal with patients and colleagues, agree with people’s reality, and get to the same page.”

Smith teaches a two-hour course focused on health care for UNMC and UNO staff and students.

He also teaches improvisational introductory classes on the backline.

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