Postcall Podcast: A Different Kind of Theater for Physicians

The Empathy Project is a partnership between Lantern Theater Company and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) of Thomas Jefferson University to create an introduction to drama, acting, and playwriting for students of health professions, residents, and Jefferson faculty. Conceived by Salvatore Mangione, M.D., pulmonologist and director of physical diagnosis-clinical skills at SKMC, and the Lantern’s artistic director, Charles McMahon, this innovative program seeks to foster empathy and tolerance for ambiguity among health professions students using the tools and techniques of the theatrical form.

In this episode of the Postcall Podcast Nick Andrews (@tribnic) welcomes the first med student and the first muggle to join the program; Craig Getting and Luis Aguilar-Montalva. The Empathy Project class eliminates hierarchy, encourages artistic exploration, and can lead to increased empathy when dealing with patients and their families. Nick, Luis, and Craig recognize the similarities between medicine and art but also highlight what we can learn from different passions.