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'Make the case' to attend the 2015 ASPE Annual Conference
ASPE
You recognize the value of attending the 2015 ASPE Annual Conference, but how do you communicate that to those responsible for approving your professional development requests? We know that travel and professional development budgets are tight, and it's difficult to get approval to attend events and conventions, which is why we're here to help! One of the best ways to get approval to attend a conference is to connect your responsibilities, goals and challenges in your daily work life to your conference experience.
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An overview of the ASPE 2015 Conference in Denver
By Cathy Smith, Conference Chair
The Conference Committee has been planning the 2015 conference in Denver for several months, and as Conference Chair, I am delighted to share some of the highlights with you. This conference promises to be filled with informative cutting-edge sessions for all levels of learners in diverse formats that include workshops, presentations, discussions, training techniques, posters, oral research reports and snapshot sessions. There will be invaluable opportunities to interact with vendors and network with new and old colleagues.
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Gynecological Teaching Associate/Male Urological Teaching Associate Preconference Workshop: ASPE Annual Conference in Denver
By Isle Polonko, New Jersey Medical School
On Sunday, June 14, the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) conference is once again hosting a GTA/MUTA Preconference workshop. This event runs for 4.5 hours on Sunday morning and is extremely comprehensive. Participants will experience a GTA and a MUTA teaching session from the trainer's perspective while in the shoes of a student. The sessions will focus on how to successfully and effectively disseminate this sensitive information to your trainers and learners.
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SP assessment tools needed
ASPE
The Virtual Library subcommittee is soliciting information for ASPE's virtual library. Specifically, ASPE members are looking for resources related to SP assessment tools (what to include, rating forms, when to use it, tips, techniques, etc.). We want to fill the virtual library with content in this area, but we need your help. The process for submitting information is easy.
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Mental prep for trauma care may mitigate errors
Pharmacy Times
By mentally rehearsing resuscitation procedures, trauma care team members can reduce clinical errors and improve patient safety. Researchers from Canada recently evaluated the effectiveness of mental practice in coordinating interdisciplinary trauma team efforts.
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Why many doctors don't follow 'best practices'
National Public Radio
For all their talk about evidence-based medicine, a lot of doctors don't follow the clinical guidelines set by leading medical groups. Consider, for example, the case of cataract surgery. It's a fairly straightforward medical procedure: Doctors replace an eye's cloudy lens with a clear, prosthetic one. More than a million people each year in the U.S. have the surgery — most of them older than 65.
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The problem with satisfied patients
The Atlantic
Beginning in October 2012, the Affordable Care Act implemented a policy withholding 1 percent of total Medicare reimbursements from hospitals. Each year, only hospitals with high patient-satisfaction scores and a measure of certain basic care standards will earn that money back, and the top performers will receive bonus money from the pool. Patient-satisfaction surveys have their place. But the potential cost of the subjective scores are leading hospitals to steer focus away from patient health, messing with the highest stakes possible: people's lives.
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The med school entrance exam just got 3 hours longer
Fortune
For 25 years, the Medical College Admission Test has remained mostly the same despite the vast advances in medical research and technology. That changed April 17 when the Association of American Medical Colleges rolled out its new, longer MCAT to the estimated 85,000 wannabe doctors who will take the exam this year. Counting breaks, the new test will take seven-and-a-half hours to complete, more than three hours longer than the old version.
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How to talk to patients about advanced directives
By Joan Spitrey
April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decision Day. This movement came out of the passion and frustration of founder Nathan Kottkamp. As a member of several hospital ethics committees, he was repeatedly challenged with trying to interpret healthcare decisions for people who had no advanced directives. Anyone working in a hospital — especially a critical care area — can certainly relate. Although most healthcare providers would agree that all patients should have an advanced directive, they often shy away from having the conversation with their patients.
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7 ways to identify leaders among your employees
Fast Company
An organization needs to put a structured plan in place for leadership continuity. For that to happen, it needs to zero in on individuals who have leadership potential. This ongoing task needs to be an essential component of an organization's growth strategy.
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There's a difference between cooperation and collaboration
Harvard Business Review
Everyone seems to agree that collaboration across functions is critical for major projects and initiatives. However, meshing the skills and resources of different departments to achieve a larger organizational goal is much easier said than done. It takes much more than people being willing to get together, share information and cooperate.
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Don't make a mess of mass hiring
Talent Management
For most companies, hiring workers in droves takes more than a catchy national campaign. According to HR experts, mass hiring means ensuring that a firm's recruiting apparatus is prepared to inherit a large volume of applicants without compromising the process; tactical nuances. Here are some important things to consider when conducting a mass hiring initiative.
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