Dedicated to advancing the field of medical clowning and gaining official recognition as a paramedical profession, integration into academia is a part of the Project’s overall mission. The first university in the world to offer a full BA program in Medical Clowning was at Haifa University, with approximately 40 program graduates. In addition, senior Dream Doctor, Amnon Raviv, is the first person in the world to earn a Ph.D. in medical clowning.
Currently, Dream Doctors offer educational training to soon-to-be doctors and nurses in academic programs as part of the academic course curriculum at the Safed branch of Bar Ilan University and at the Technion University in Haifa. These courses lay the foundation for fully integrating Dream Doctors with hospital medical teams. Students learn about the clown’s therapeutic role and value inside hospitals. They are introduced to the art of medical clowning and learn communication skills that help cultivate a better relationship with patients.
Courses are offered to students in their second year of study. There are full-day seminars that include lectures as well as hands-on simulations and observation of the clowns in action. Courses are taught by DD clowns, together with Prof. Edelman, Head of the Dream Doctors Research Fund.