Alda Medical Experience Immersion 2019

October 7-8, 2019

Immersion 2019

Dive deep into The Alda Medical Experience™ with Immersion 2019 Connect to Care. Over two days, you will experience the power of improvisation to transform health care communication. High quality health care relies on our ability to connect with ourselves, our colleagues, and our patients. Together we have the power to infuse new energy and genuine human connections into our organizational missions. The Alda Center Medical Team will guide you through a series of tiered modules designed to strengthen your ability to innovate, collaborate, and communicate. Imagine a professional development experience where you unplug to recharge

October 7-8, 2019
SUNY Global Center (New York, NY)


We welcome physicians, nurses, health care administrators, and other health care professionals to apply.

  • Acknowledge communication mistakes to remain present and on task
  • Practice nonverbal communication to aide collaboration
  • Imagine different possibilities for a relationship
  • Create strategies for collaboration in a challenging interaction
  • Analyze the trajectory of a conversation based on intent
  • Listen for the underlying values that drive outward anger
  • Plan and test communication strategies through role-plays

Base tuition — $2,500
With tax & service fee — $2,897.34

Application Deadline:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. If accepted, participation is required for the entire two-day experience. 


The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy: All those in control of CME content are expected to disclose any relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest (defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients) that relates to the content that will be discussed in the educational presentation. All commercial relationships that create a conflict with the planners, speakers, author's control of content must be resolved before the educational activity occurs.

Workshop Instructor(s)
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Susmita Pati, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Program Advisor

Susmita Pati, MD MPH, serves as the Alda Center’s Chief Medical Program Advisor to provide consultation about development and evaluation of the Center’s medical workshops. Dr. Pati is a nationally recognized physician-scientist with expertise in population health analytics, innovation, and system transformation. Her leadership and management experience includes roles and responsibilities to develop and advance the clinical, educational and research missions at the departmental, school, university, and health-system levels in large academic medical centers. She is currently a tenured professor of pediatrics, the Division Chief of Primary Care Pediatrics, and Chair of the Professionalism Committee at Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. She officially joined the Alda Center in 2018 because her more than 20 years of experience has strengthened her belief that communication is fundamental to success in building strong health care delivery teams that, in turn, lead to joy and fulfillment at work.

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Brenda MacArthur, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice

In addition to her work as an Alda-certified facilitator, Brenda’s social science research into communication helps develop and continuously improve the Alda Center’s workshops. Brenda is dedicated to discovery of knowledge, and enjoys working at the Alda Center because of the team’s commitment to sharing information, and empowering others to do the same. Brenda holds a doctoral degree in health communication from George Mason University, and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other publications.

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Elizabeth Bojsza, MFA

Assistant Professor of Practice

Elizabeth is an assistant professor of practice and the improvisation lead at the Alda Center. In addition to teaching on campus, she oversees curriculum development and instructor training, and serves as the advisor for Stony Brook University’s Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science. She finds it incredibly rewarding to apply the skills of analysis and feedback that she honed as a theater artist to designing curriculum and facilitating experiential learning for scientists and medical professionals. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in theater and has trained instructors and teachers in various contexts including non-profit theater and higher education.