Portland, Oregon-based Donna Kay Yarborough may have significantly improved your health care without you even knowing it. She spends her workdays in pretending to be a patient so medical students can make their mistakes on her instead of you.
Donna works as a Standardized Patient (a.k.a. Medical Actor). In the simplest terms, a standardized patient is a person goes through situations and procedures with medical students as they train to become healthcare professionals. She might be a patient receiving a diagnosis of cancer, the mother of an injured child, or a nervous woman having a pelvic exam. A living, breathing “practice dummy” for new doctors — ones that, mind you, maybe administering the first pelvic exam of their life… and not doing it well.
Unbeknownst to these young doctors, Donna evaluates their bedside manner. She gets high hilarity out of the faux pas, missteps, and feet in mouth of these future physicians, all while pretending to be someone she’s not.
As part of the 2019 Cincy Fringe festival, Donna (formerly of “Shenatra!” and “The Famous Haydell Sisters”) will be getting on stage to tell some of the most outrageous stories from her many years in the profession. Plus, sharing her own tale of medical misdiagnosis, she hopes to inspire frank discussion of healthcare in America.
“Diagnose This! Tales of a Medical Actor” is a mixture of stand-up, storytelling, and soap-boxing that will leave you wincing, wowed, and wanting more.
All performances are in the Art Academy of Cincinnati, room A361, as part of the 2019 Cincy Fringe festival. Showtimes are:
- Sunday, June 2, 7:00 pm
- Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 pm
- Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm
- Friday, June 7, 8:30 pm
- Sunday, June 9, 4:45 pm
- Tuesday, June 11, 8:30 pm
- Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm
- Friday, June 14, 6:30 pm
For more information, email Donna@DonnaKaySpeaks.com