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SMILEX, Clown Doctors Workshop


AEMPPI Ecuador

General Description


The reason why medical students need this workshop is that the Ecuadorian medical curricula doesn’t include any mandatory subject regarding alternative pain treatment or a Clown Doctor capacitation. And Ecuadorian patients need an improve in how doctors approach to them and deal with their pain or illness.

It is a 5 Sunday workshop (20 hours approximately), in which a capacitated trainer will teach medical students how to increase their self confidence, to provide an alternative way of dealing with chronic pain, cancer or other hospitalization illnesses. Students will get their diploma by going to a hospital and interacting as clown doctors with these patients.

Area of Activity

Patients’ Rights and Patient-Centred Medicine


Give medical students the tools and virtues to practice laugh therapy in a formal way for improving their doctor-patient relation.
Improve medical students’ confidence, security and self-esteem which are needed not only while acting as clowns, but also during our profession.

The success indicator will be their own evaluation of changes they feel after every lesson given and the evaluation from the patients that will receive the graduation clown session by the students.
The success indicator will be the number of participants in relation to similar workshops made before (120 in the country).
Obtain a 70% approbation percentage in the final test

Time frame of the Activity

11/09/2016 – 11/10/2016




Not mentioned.


Ethics and Human Rights in Health – [email protected]


Pablo Estrella – [email protected]

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