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Olubunmi DialaOlubunmi Diala - I have been practicing medicine for 13 years, with the last 6 years as a Family Medicine Resident…..and I did not come across humor as an effective therapeutic tool until I connected with AATH two years ago. My first contact with AATH was by chance. I was on a quest for an inexpensive, easy-to-use complimentary modality that will be beneficial in the diverse clinical scenarios encountered in Family Medicine in my region. Therapeutic humor met the criteria and I have since found myself a principal beneficiary of its utility. I cannot begin to talk about how much it has impacted my life and practice.

I served as the Chief Resident in my department last year and humor came in handy as a tool for influencing people positively, dousing tension and strengthening interpersonal relationships. Today, as I interact with and educate my patients, teach students and junior colleagues, I find no subject more intriguing than “the health benefits of humor”. In my clinical encounters, humor has proven to be particularly instrumental in establishing and maintaining rapport, it gives room for more efficient health promotion and disease prevention counselling. I have plans to administer therapeutic humor in structured research with different patient groups. Health workers are particularly at risk of stress, burnout syndrome and depression, I hope to help them find succor and develop resilience with humor.

I believe that the absence of “the use of humor in medical practice” in mainstream medical curriculum is a huge omission. When/if given the opportunity to influence curriculum content, it will be my first addition.

CTCA’s commitment to offer scholarship over the years, promoting the mission of AATH is meritorious. I am greatly honored to be a 2018 recipient of CTCA’s scholarship award in the “medical classroom” category.