Medical Acting for Teens
a community service project of TNT
Teens and Theatre students can participate in our unique Community Service project at Georgetown University School of Medicine. As medical actors, the teens use their talent and training to help educate future doctors.
Third-year medical students at Georgetown study adolescent medicine as part of their training in pediatrics. Learning to communicate with teens requires special instruction and practice in interview techniques. Teen actors from TnT, along with students from the Theatre Program at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, participate in mock interviews and interactive patient simulations.
The teen actors construct and develop loose scenarios to be used as a framework for their improvisational skills during the mock interviews with the trainees. Medical students are instructed to establish confidentiality, ask questions, and make appropriate recommendations. After the two 20-minute role-play scenarios, participants receive feedback from the teen "patients" and from the physician facilitator about the approach and management of the scenario.
In 2009, TnT students took part in a workshop at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference to demonstrate these training techniques.
The remaining 2012-13 dates will be: