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Professional development for SPs: A short survey of 3 schools

from By Kris Slawinski, U of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine

From March 31: A hot topic on the SP Trainer Listserv this past fall was professional development of the SP, with responses from some just beginning the quest, and a few with a well-developed curriculum for their SPs. With a background in health education in fitness and wellness training, Kewana Smith, an SP Educator for just over a year at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, just rolled out guidelines for a certificate program for her ~89 SPs, who are designated "occasional part time help." The enticement to progress to the upper tier as a Certified SP or "C-SP," is an increase in pay, increased training opportunities to further standardize their performance and scoring, and preferred scheduling for OSCEs, among other perks. more

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