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Drama Students Shine in Neurology/Neurosurgery Simulation Sessions

Submitted by Courtney D Clark on February 13, 2024 - 10:22am

We're thrilled to share the exciting news that several of our Drama students once again made waves in the medical field through their participation in Neurology/Neurosurgery simulation sessions last month.


Participating Students:

  • Samantha Weinert
  • Dasha Eremina
  • Kaipo Colston
  • Emma Murphy


In this collaborative endeavor, our students took on the roles of medical patients and caregivers, adding a touch of realism and engagement to the simulated scenarios aimed at training resident physicians. This marks the second successful collaboration between the School of Drama and the Neurology/Neurosurgery program, following our inaugural partnership last spring.


Professor Scott Magelssen, Professor of Theatre History and Performance Studies, played an integral role in coordinating this occasion, ensuring the smooth collaboration between our Drama students and the medical program.


Dr. Wolfgang Muhlhofer, the director of the program, expressed his admiration for the students' performances, stating, "All of them did a phenomenal job - our resident physicians were very impressed by their live performance and really appreciated the level of realism and engagement that came with it!"


These simulation sessions took place at the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Health Care (WISH Lab) at Harborview Medical Center. The overarching goals of the program include providing hands-on experience, practice, and direct feedback for residents on crucial clinical topics, reinforcing confidence in existing skills and knowledge, and increasing awareness of available resources and assistance for challenging situations.


Excitingly, there are more simulation exercises scheduled for April, May, and June, with Dr. Muhlhofer expressing his hope for continued collaboration with our Drama students. Notably, participating students have the option to earn Drama production credit (298) by joining these sessions and composing a reflection on their experiences and insights gained.


We're delighted to share some photos from the sessions, graciously provided by Dr. Muhlhofer. They truly capture the dedication and talent of our Drama students in contributing to this impactful interdisciplinary initiative.


Thank you to Samantha, Dasha, Kaipo, Emma, and all involved for representing UW Drama with excellence in the medical realm. We look forward to further collaborations and the invaluable learning experiences they bring.