Patch Adams may have years of experience entertaining kids in various hospitals, but he’s not a certified medical clown. He does, though, probably deserve an honorary degree from Haifa University in Israel which just announced a new three year academic program in medical clowning. Developed with the Magi Foundation, the so-called Dream Doctors program will graduate the world’s first formally taught and qualified entertainers specifically for clinical situations.
The Magi Foundation pioneered the inclusion of medical clowns in hospital treatment programs and today they provide services in 16 Israeli hospitals. Hospital staff have nothing but praise for their involvement and note the difference their work makes. “When you’re happy, you have better results,” says a doctor at Tel Hashomer.