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Resources helped make 1st simulated Step 2 Clinical Skills board exam a success
By Alison B. Rudd, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Simulation, EdD, MSN, RN, University of South Alabama
Third-year medical students at the University of South Alabama participated in the first on-site simulated Step 2 Clinical Skills exam, an activity previously conducted in a simulation center at a neighboring institution. USA faculty found the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) website a great resource for the exam, which took place inside USA's new state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Lab. USMLE content lent greatly to the exam's realism, making it closely proximate to what the students actually experience at a national testing center.
Standardization vs. personalization: Can healthcare do both?
Usually when personalization is mentioned in the world of healthcare, thoughts jump to genetics and personalized medicine with custom cancer drugs and medical devices. However, there is another type of personalization that can be applied to healthcare, to make each patient feel like an individual, rather than just "one of the masses."
What you should do when your team's communication falls apart
Regardless of our roles, most of us work in teams at one time or another. If we want to achieve our goals, it takes coordination, cooperation and collaboration to keep all the moving parts moving. But what happens when the team starts to lose pace and unravel? Here are three tips to get you back on track.
Telehealth hits the mark on Triple Aim requirements
By Karen R. Thomas
In today's healthcare environment, care providers are looking for new ways to meet the needs of patients, while also reducing overall care costs. Hence, the development of Triple Aim. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement developed the Triple Aim as an approach for the healthcare system to use new innovations to improve three things: the patient care experience, the health of all populations and the per capita cost of healthcare. Telehealth is a critical tool in helping providers hit the mark on Triple Aim for a variety of reasons.
New med school will boost New Jersey profile, economy
A bold plan forged by Seton Hall University and one of New Jersey's largest hospitals to create the state's first private medical school in decades was described by officials as a boost to both the state's economy and its national profile. Seton Hall University will partner with Hackensack University Health Network to start the school, which is expected to open its doors to students in the fall of 2017.
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How to talk the talk
Public speaking is an act feared by many. But in business, it's often a must-have skill. This is especially the case in today's hyper-sensitive business communications environment, where the ability to stand before a crowd and present a clear message can sometimes be the skill differentiating one executive from another. To Carmine Gallo, author of the book "Talk like TED," effective public speaking comes down to a few vital elements: Cut down on words, don't speak too long and be authentic.
Why safety tools and checklists aren't enough to save lives
Silent Treatment Study
In the 2005 study, "Silence Kills," VitalSmarts and the AACN found that 84 percent of healthcare professionals observe colleagues take dangerous shortcuts when working with patients and yet less than 10 percent speak up about their concerns. Since that time, the healthcare community has turned to safety tools and checklists to reduce unintentional slips and errors.
NIH panel cites need for patient-centered approach to treat chronic pain
An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health concluded that individualized, patient-centered care is needed to treat and monitor the estimated 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. To achieve this aim, the panel recommends more research and development around the evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches needed to balance patient perspectives, desired outcomes and safety.
5 steps to networking success for introverts
U.S. News & World Report
While there are some people who enjoy networking and get a lot of energy from interacting with a crowd, many find it intimidating and draining. Traditional networking is not for everyone. However, networking is essential in today's job market. Experts estimate that well over half of jobs are found through networking and word of mouth. But there are multiple ways to network. Some may bring you a bit outside of your comfort zone, but that’s not a bad thing.
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