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Karen Szauter's 'Pick of the Month'
The educational utility of simulations in teaching history and physical examination skills in diagnosing breast cancer: A review of the literature.
Karen Szauter, from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, is a self-proclaimed research "geek" who is very passionate about the dissemination of research related to SP methodology in the hope of encouraging further research and advancing the field. Karen trolls more than 20 medical education and other journals from around the world, reading over 400 articles a year, in search of publications "worth having a conversation about" to share with the ASPE community.
Abstract submission topics for ASPE 2015
Subcommittee for Conference Submission & Program Development
The call for abstract proposals for the 14th annual Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) conference has been opened! The conference will be June 14-17, 2015 at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver. Pre-conference sessions and immersion workshops prior to the start of formal programming will offer cutting edge best practices in SP methodology, delivered by experts in the field. Topics for pre-conference sessions will be announced shortly!
ASPE award winning poster abstracts
Each year at the ASPE annual conference, the Grants and Research Committee selects two posters from the "Educational Innovations" category, and two from the "Completed Research" category to highlight as outstanding posters. The posters are scored by a panel of G&R committee members during the poster presentations. They are scored on several criteria, including the quality of the design of the poster layout, oral presentation and content.
With the announcement of the abstract call from the Conference Committee last week fresh in the minds of potential submitters, here are the abstracts from the Outstanding Poster Awards of the 2104 ASPE Indianapolis conference to boost members' creative juices while planning your poster submission for 2015.
10 ways to apply social tools for an improved patient experience
By Christina Thielst
The pressures and drivers to reduce costs, improve quality, emphasize prevention and increase access are making social media and the underlying technologies more attractive to healthcare leaders. They can be effective and efficient tools for the delivery of communications to targeted individuals and/or populations. As a result, those leaders who recognize that we must change the way care is provided are starting to explore new ways of engaging patients across the continuum of care.
Learning tool aids residents' care of substance abuse
A learning model and discussion can improve residents' attitudes and communication skills toward patients with substance abuse disorders, according to a study published online Oct. 7 in Academic Medicine. Researchers randomized 129 internal and family medicine residents and 370 medical students at two medical schools to a two-part intervention as part of the SUD curricula. Real-time, Web-based interviews of standardized patients were used to assess residents' changes in communication skills.
What your doctor's really thinking (but won't say to your face)
Here are 35 things your doctor would tell you if he weren't worried about time, lawsuits or hurting your feelings.
Fake Ebola patients help hospitals prepare for next case
Don't let what happened in Dallas happen here. That's the watchword at U.S. hospitals after Ebola-infected Thomas Eric Duncan was sent home from a Dallas emergency room for two days, only to return in an ambulance and then, 10 days later, die in an intensive care isolation unit. Health workers from intake nurses to communications specialists at the 17,000-employee Inova Health System in northern Virginia have been trained to cope with the virus.
Let's fix it: Blame unemployment on the color blue
I know myself, and employers know what they want to hire, but how do we explain that to each other efficiently and accurately? Laszlo Bock writes. The marketplace for people and jobs is broken, especially for the small businesses that create the bulk of jobs in the United States. And it's part of why so many people are out of work while simultaneously so many jobs are unfilled. Unemployment is an information asymmetry problem. And it's the one thing I'd fix if I could.
Kill the weekly meeting
Dilbert's pointy-haired boss goes ballistic when challenged about the value of the day's big meeting: "I called this meeting, and it's not a meeting until someone's time gets wasted!" That's not far from the truth, though the motivation for meetings at most large companies is usually more benign. A few years ago, a leading technology company saw its profitability and productivity declining. It surveyed 30,000 employees worldwide to determine how to improve organizational effectiveness. Employees responded that only 54 percent of the time spent in meetings was time well spent.
Diversity in medical education: It's not so black-and-white anymore
A perspective piece in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine from a student at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine addresses the evolution of diversity in medical education. "It's not a numbers game anymore," says author Mark A. Attiah. "Diversity is a mindset that extends into the classroom and the hospital."
How to make work fun
Jac Fitz-enz writes: As I look at the "workscape" today, I ask one question: Where's the fun? Many people are working extraordinary hours to keep their jobs or help their organization survive. But how can talent managers turn that labor into fun? First, what is the difference between work and fun? Work is doing something you wouldn't mind letting someone else do, like cleaning out the garage. Fun, meanwhile, is something that has an intrinsic reward.
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