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Professional development for SPs: A short survey of 3 schools
By Kris Slawinski, U of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine
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.
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2015 ASPE Outstanding Educator Awards
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Nominations due May 8 (Noon EDT)
In recognition of the outstanding talent within ASPE, we annually honor two individual ASPE members through the "ASPE Outstanding SP Educator Award" and the "ASPE Emerging Leader Award." It is now time to make nominations for the 2015 awards. We encourage both self-nominations and the nomination of worthy colleagues.

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Congratulations to Rachel Yudkowsky
ASPE
Congratulations to Rachel Yudkowsky, who was recently appointed as an associate editor for ASPE's official Journal, Simulation in Healthcare, to begin in late March! Simulation in Healthcare (SiH) is the premier indexed journal focusing on simulation in health professions education, and features articles about all types of simulations, from SPs to VR (virtual reality), and everything in between.
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Standardized patients train students to discuss patient substance abuse
By Jessica Williams, The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA)
The use of standardized patients always makes a big impression on the medical students we train about substance use. After completing the three-week Scaife Advanced Medical Student Fellowship on addiction and its treatment, one of our medical students described some initial stress when faced with a standardized patient. "There was no time to be shy. On the second day, we were given a pair of standardized patients and asked to motivationally interview them. At first, this seemed to be quite the intimidating task."

We use SPs to teach an intervention called Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), which is a promising public health approach to preventing and reducing risky substance use.

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Mentoring information needed
ASPE
The Virtual Library subcommittee is soliciting information for ASPE's virtual library. Specifically, ASPE members are looking for resources related to mentoring. Therefore, we would like to fill the virtual library with content in this area. Submission is a simple process that requires filling out a brief form and attaching your documents, pictures, etc.
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Just for fun: How NOT to break bad news
ASPE

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Hospitals, physicians should improve communication for better patient care
Medical Xpress
Coordinating patient care between hospital clinicians and primary care physicians is a significant challenge due to poor communication and gaps in information-sharing strategies, according to a new study. The inability to share timely information can increase the risk of missed test results and hospital readmissions, according to the study's corresponding author.
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Personalized treatment is transforming healthcare and saving lives
Forbes
Today's healthcare system struggles to maintain costs while providing high-quality care. However, by transitioning to a personalized healthcare approach, treatment success rates increase, patients avoid unnecessary doctor visits and unnecessary costs are cut.
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4 tips on how to grow leaders within an organization
By Betty Boyd
Growing leaders within an organization is a great opportunity, but leadership is not developed overnight. It takes a long, steady process of coaching, mentoring and giving people a chance to excel. Current leaders must step up and mold the future of the organization. Here are four tips to better help grow leaders within your organization.
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What measures should be used to evaluate healthcare?
The Wall Street Journal
The push to pay for quality, not quantity in healthcare is rapidly accelerating. Doctors and hospitals are being evaluated on myriad quality metrics by rating services, insurance companies, professional groups and government programs — with results increasingly tied to financial penalties or bonuses. But payers, providers and patients don't always agree on what quality means, and there is no official set of standards.
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10 ways to stop feeling overworked and overwhelmed
LinkedIn
Jeff Haden writes: I had just read an early version of a new book and decided to do a quick survey during a speaking engagement. I asked the audience, "How many of you feel overworked and overwhelmed?" As far as I could tell, every hand was raised. No surprise there. We all feel overworked. And we all feel overwhelmed, at least some of the time. (Even if by other people's standards we seem to have it easy, to us it still feels like we're overwhelmed.)
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Your late-night emails are hurting your team
Harvard Business Review
Around 11 p.m. one night, you realize there's a key step your team needs to take on a current project. So, you dash off an email to the team members while you're thinking about it. No time like the present, right? After-hours emails speed up corporate cultures — and that, in turn, chips away at creativity, innovation and true productivity.
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Why leaders eat last
Talent Management
What makes a good leader? It's a question many have pondered. To some, leadership has easily recognizable qualities. For others, leadership characteristics aren't always clear — they just know a leader when they see one. Leadership in business is constantly under the microscope. With each passing decade, as industries shift and work styles change, the issue of what makes an effective business leader has taken on different meanings.
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