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ASPE Membership Committee Report
ASPE
The Membership Committee continues to work on the strategic plan and objectives developed in 2012. At the ASPE BOD meeting in January, it was reported that our membership has grown by 8 percent since 2013. For this report we will focus on these of these objectives:
  1. Confirm our identity
  2. Membership growth
  3. Marketing

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A progress update to an ASPE funded grant
By Simone Brennan, Wayne State University School of Medicine
The overall goal of ASPE's Grants and Research awards is to provide an incentive to current ASPE members for unique research studies or development projects related to the use of SPs (simulated/standardized patients and participants). The $10,000.00 award currently is offered yearly. The next call for proposals will be in the early fall of 2015. Keep your eyes open for notices in the ASPE e-newsletter for submission deadlines.
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ASPE online book discussion April 2015
ASPE
Books are great resources for professional development if we can just find the time to read them. Allow this scheduled book discussion to be the motivation you need to pull a book off of the shelf!

The Doctor's Communication Handbook by Peter Tate is one of my personal favorites. My copy has been highlighted and underlined to excess, and I've been known to make students read portions of it while sitting in my office. Join in the discussion to hear about my two favorite pages and how they have informed my work with remediating students. Prepare ahead by finding favorite pages of your own in order to share them during the discussion. Click on "Read More" for information about dates, times and a discount from the publisher!

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Moulage expertise needed
ASPE
If you have any documents related to moulage (how to do it, when to use it, tips and techniques, etc.) please submit these to the Virtual Library on ASPE's website. Our members are looking for these resources, and we are eager to fill the virtual library with content in this area. 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.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Hundreds of hospitals struggle to improve patient satisfaction
PBS NewsHour
In April, the government will begin boiling down the patient feedback into a five-star rating for hospitals. Federal officials say they hope that will make it easier for consumers to digest the information now available on Medicare's Hospital Compare website. Hospitals say judging them on a one-to-five scale is too simplistic. Nationally, the hospital industry has improved in all the areas the surveys track, including clean and quiet their rooms are and how well doctors and nurses communicate.
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Efforts to instill empathy among doctors are paying dividends
MedPage Today
Clinical empathy was once dismissively known as "good bedside manner" and traditionally regarded as far less important than technical acumen. But a spate of studies in the past decade has found that it is no mere frill. Increasingly, empathy is considered essential to establishing trust, the foundation of a good doctor-patient relationship. Studies have linked empathy to greater patient satisfaction, better outcomes, decreased physician burnout and a lower risk of malpractice suits and errors.
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US faces 90,000 doctor shortage by 2025
The Washington Post
The United States faces a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025, including a critical need for specialists to treat an aging population that will increasingly live with chronic disease, the association that represents medical schools and teaching hospitals reported recently. The nation's shortage of primary care physicians has received considerable attention in recent years, but the Association of American Medical Colleges report predicts that the greatest shortfall, on a percentage basis, will be in the demand for surgeons.
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Leadership is more than coaching
By Betty Boyd
Leadership is and always will be an uphill battle. When leading, how do you make a real difference in people's lives? Leadership is more than coaching; it is more like being a teacher. Teachers enable their students to see beyond themselves and give them greater understanding of what can be accomplished. Leaders can be just like teachers, helping their mentees go above and beyond. Here are some tips to becoming a leader who is more of a teacher than a coach.
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Looking to get published this year?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of ASPE eNews, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ASPE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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How is your organization's management structured?
Talent Management
How is your organization structured? Today, there are a variety of choices. As management thinking has evolved, companies have adopted different ways of organizing workers. First, there's the traditional, top-down approach with a reporting structure where information flows down through the ranks in a clear order and employees report to their individual manager.
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How to get your team to coach each other
Harvard Business Review
No one grows as a leader without the support of other people. Effective peer-to-peer coaching can offer the encouragement people need to overcome the fear of starting something new. Peer coaches, like professional coaches, can also hold their "clients" accountable for moving in a new direction. Setting up a peer-to-peer coaching network on the team you manage can accelerate your team's learning.
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University of Illinois trustees approve new medical school
Chicago Tribune
The University of Illinois board of trustees recently approved a new medical school for the Urbana-Champaign campus, a unique engineering-focused program that could enroll students as soon as fall 2017. The idea of an engineering-based medical school has been championed for a year by campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise, who has called it a "game changer" and one that is necessary for the university to compete in fields such as biomedicine.
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Pump up your team by encouraging employees to visualize their success
Entrepreneur
Hard work and passion fuels the workplace. However, without a vision for success, it can be difficult to produce concrete results. Visualizing success is an effective way to create accountability in the workplace. Employees who imagine themselves being in control of the results they accomplish will be more successful at work. Here are some techniques to help employees visualize success.
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