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ASPE update — What is in a name? Does it truly reflect who we are and what we do?
By Gayle Gliva-McConvey
In 2012, the idea of expanding the ASPE paradigm was an ongoing discussion within the board of directors. This discussion originated with the removal of the caduceus from the ASPE logo. It was argued that the caduceus projected a perspective of using SP methodology primarily in medicine and had become restrictive in how other entities view our organization. As you see in our current logo, this discussion resulted in its removal.
Grants and Research Committee — 'Pick of the Month' publication
"The use of video in standardized patient training to improve portrayal accuracy: A randomized post-test control study"
Dr. 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. As part of her role on the Grants and Research Committee, each month Karen highlights a "Pick of the Month" publication for ASPE members to read and disseminate.
A call for resources from our international members
International members: Do you have documents that you use frequently in your work with SPs? We'd like to ask you to submit them to the Virtual Library on the ASPE website. It's a simple process that requires filling out a simple form on the website and attaching your document, pictures, etc. Find the submission form on the members website (log in first). Your colleagues can benefit from your expertise. We would particularly like to have content related to the international use of SPs and special considerations about developing SP programs outside of North America. This is a current area of high interest and we would like our website to provide information that would address these requests.
Mark your calendar for the ASPE 14th Annual Conference
ASPE's 14th Annual Conference will be June 14-17 at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver. Registration opens in mid-March.
Sunday, June 14
The Essential Role of Simulated(Standardized) Patients in Simulation-Based Clinical Education
Monday, June 15
Anne Marie Madziak
Re-Imagining Leadership as Everybody's Business
Innovation is sweeping through US medical schools
The Wall Street Journal
Critics have long faulted U.S. medical education for being hidebound, imperious and out of touch with modern healthcare needs. The core structure of medical school — two years of basic science followed by two years of clinical work — has been in place since 1910. Now a wave of innovation is sweeping through medical schools, much of it aimed at producing young doctors who are better prepared to meet the demands of the nation's changing healthcare system.
Minnesota high school students train as standardized patients
Students in the healthcare sports and science program at Minnetonka High School are receiving direct exposure to behavioral health career opportunities through a partnership with the University of Minnesota. The high schoolers will be trained as standardized patients, participating in simulated counseling sessions with the university's graduate students in a controlled environment.
Southern Arkansas University constructing regional simulation center
Southern Arkansas University
Construction is underway for the Arkansas region's first rural simulation-based healthcare educational training center at Southern Arkansas University. The 1,920 square-foot center will provide the latest technologies in simulation equipment. Some of the items being purchased include hospital beds, crash carts, AED trainer, CPR trainers, a mobile medication center and audio-visual equipment with recording capabilities.
Use your staff meeting for peer-to-peer coaching
Harvard Business Review
You can use staff meetings the way a sports coach uses practice time: to run new plays and build new, better habits. The time devoted to coaching during staff meetings can also propel team members to encourage each other "off the court."
Understanding the CHSE and CHSOS test blueprints
By Jason Zigmont
You've decided you want to be a CHSE or CHSOS, now you need to understand the exam and the test blueprint. Everyone wants to know "what's on the test," and the blueprint has the answers. That being said, you need to know both how test blueprints are made and used to guide your studying. When an organization is designing a certification and exam, the first step they do is a practice analysis. A practice analysis essentially tries to identify what most people do in their job.
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Simulation learning boosts workplace safety training for first responders
Occupational Health & Safety
Researchers have identified five key training advantages to simulation learning. First, a no-risk experience: Virtual interaction offers a safe environment in which first responders can test their knowledge without fear of causing actual harm. No-risk environments allow for unlimited attempts at mastering knowledge and decision-making which results in greater learner confidence.
How to handle feedback in the 'everything is awesome' world
How do you provide feedback to your direct reports? Are you a stern task master, always making sure that your employees are following your instructions to the most minute detail? Or are you the type to provide a framework of expectations and get out of the way, letting your team enjoy the freedom to work and be creative as long as they get stuff done?
Yale Simulation Center provides hands-on training
Yale Daily News
The Yale Center for Medical Simulation, which opened Jan. 26, will provide Yale School of Medicine students and Yale-New Haven Hospital residents with the opportunity to practice surgery and emergency medicine scenarios. Administrators and students interviewed said the center would help students translate their theoretical training into practical skills. Once a week, over a 12-week period, every third-year student at the medical school visits the center to participate in 15- to 20-minute training exercises followed by discussion and evaluation by medical faculty.
5 ways to lead your team more effectively
Most great leaders have a passion for building and leading an elite team. Who wants to lead a team based on mediocrity and moderation anyway? That would be a direct negative reflection on who? The leadership. But leading elite teams takes persistence and a consistent pursuit of personal and professional development. Constant personal reflection and taking action based on regular feedback.
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