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Performing Medicine

A unique programme of workshops for medical students and health professionals, using the arts to teach skills at the heart of clinical training and practice.

  • School/Institute/Department: School of Medicine, Clod Ensemble
  • Subjects: Medicine
  • Audience: Undergraduates, General Public

Performing Medicine is a unique programme of courses and workshops for medical students and health professionals using arts methodologies to teach skills at the heart of clinical training and practice. (www.performingmedicine.com).

Created by award-winning theatre company Clod Ensemble in collaboration with Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary University of London, the project is led by Artistic Director Dr. Suzy Willson, currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Barts and The London.

Courses develop practical skills and cover a range of themes including: medical leadership, voice skills (tone of voice/clarity of speech), body language, self care, resilience, spatial awareness, gender and sexuality, teamwork, diversity, power and status, reflective practice, observation skills, anatomy through life drawing and movement.

Performing Medicine also curates workshops and events that engage the general public in themes relevant to 21st century healthcare in partnership with venues across London including Sadler's Wells, Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery and Welcome Collection.

Results so far have led to the success of 5 one off workshops; 3 Anatomy Through Movement workshops at the Welcome Collection; 1 three-day Physical Thinking course at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace; a series of short films featuring artists and scientists discussing the Leonard da Vinci Anatomist exhibition, Queen's Gallery

The programme is planned to grow and expand as it is scheduled to hold workshops at the Edinburgh International Festival this August and the Wales Millennium Centre this autumn, whilst also exploring medical education in further depth through the Symposium programme (4th & 5th October 2013)

This project was funded by a Centre for Public Engagement Large Award. All Large Award projects were asked to produce a poster, giving more details about the project and sharing learning gained from it. You can see the poster for Performing Medicine here [PDF]

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