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Looking for ASPE Challenge Champions
Karen ("K") Lewis, ASPE President
Hello ASPE members. Last year in Indianapolis during the president's address, I asked everyone to agree to take the ASPE Challenge. That means that all of you agreed to do at least one of the following to help ASPE expand our reach and grow our membership. You agreed to publish your work in
Or become a certified healthcare simulation educator (CHSE)
- Journal articles
- MedEDPORTAL cases
- ASPE Virtual Learning Center materials
In return, I promised to recognize at this year's conference everyone who did at least one of these things. Well, it's almost conference time, and I need you to report back to me on your progress. If you published your work or became a CHSE in the past year, please let me know. Everyone should know who the ASPE Challenge Champions are. Please email email@example.com or call 202-994-1071. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
ASPE? There's an app for that! Coming soon to a smartphone and tablet near you!
By Jamie Pitt
ASPE 2015 has gone mobile! The 2015 ASPE Conference in Denver will have its own mobile application, or "app." The developers are still working on it, but I can't wait until it launches, and must give everyone a sneak peek now! ASPE has always provided a printed program schedule, which, like mine, can end up illegible due to fake blood from moulage workshops and lunch stains, or left in the hotel room because of its size and weight.
A sneak preview of 3 'can't miss' ASPE Conference presentations
If you are still struggling with the selection of your ASPE conference schedule, here is a bit of guidance for you that might help you to choose from the variety of fine workshops and presentations. Read more ahead about three of the many fascinating workshops that are available to you.
First-time ASPE attendee?
Attending your first ASPE conference can be daunting experience given the wide variety of activities, workshops and learning sessions. We provide below a reprint of a 2010 article by Angela Blood that lists a number of tips for game-planning your first meeting. Angela's tips were so well-received that we provide them again for your benefit. The second article was submitted by Nicola Ngiam, Chuen-Yee Hor and Joanne Wang, who traveled from Singapore to attend ASPE 2014 in Indianapolis. Their summary of the experience demonstrates very nicely how first-time attendees can not only benefit from conference events, but can thrive while maneuvering a very busy meeting agenda. We hope you enjoy reading what they have to say.
ASPE Scholars Certificate Program
The ASPE Scholars Program is designed for any ASPE member wanting to participate in a structured program to develop scholarship skills. The program provides mentorship in goal setting, research methodology and dissemination of scholarly work. Members completing a program of six ASPE G&R approved modules at the conference gain proficiency in practical skills including conducting a literature search, writing and reviewing abstracts, creating and pursuing clear scholarship goals, gaining qualitative and quantitative research method knowledge and delivering effective oral and poster presentations.
Feedback training tools needed
The Virtual Library subcommittee is soliciting information for ASPE's virtual library. Specifically, ASPE members are looking for resources related to feedback training tools (particularly forms you already utilize). We want to fill the virtual library with content in this area, but we need your help. The process for submitting information is easy.
Virtual case simulations may improve foot care in diabetes
Simulation education may be able fill a significant gap in education concerning foot examinations in diabetes care, according to new data. In the study, researchers reported simulation education can be a useful tool in training healthcare teams, noting that new evidence indicates that clinical skills acquired in simulation sessions could translate into improved patient care practices and outcomes.
How doctors deliver bad news
The Wall Street Journal
Doctors are trying new ways of solving an old problem — how to break bad news, which is as much a staple of doctors' lives as ordering blood work and reviewing scans. One issue: Patients and their families, of course, aren't all going to respond in the same way. Research into the effectiveness of training doctors in how to deliver bad news has turned up mixed results, with patients often not noticing any benefit.
How to surround yourself with the right talent
By Betty Boyd
Maintaining the level of talent in an organization is a continuous battle. How do you keep and attract the right kind of talent? Surrounding yourself with talented employees takes commitment, understanding and time. No organization can grow without stepping up and being aware of what potential is available. You can start by looking around and seeing what is already right in front of you. Here are some tips that will help.
Keeping a closer eye on post-discharge planning
Pharmacy Practice News
Regulatory and financial pressures are forcing hospitals to ramp up their post-discharge strategy initiatives. Whether it's patient education and counseling, comprehensive discharge planning or post-discharge reinforcement by an appropriate healthcare professional, federal officials want to know what hospitals are doing to keep patients out of the hospital — and how many healthcare dollars are being saved in the process, experts noted.
Risks are high at low-volume hospitals
U.S. News & World Report
Joint replacements are anything but routine at hospitals that don't do many of them, a new analysis shows. Thousands of U.S. medical centers' patients face a greater risk of death and complications because their surgical teams do too few procedures, even common ones, for doctors, nurses and technicians to maintain their skills.
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New Alabama medical school aims to reduce rural doctor shortage
The Huntsville Times
The number of medical schools in Alabama is about to double compared to just two years ago. In the fall, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Auburn Campus will open, just two years after the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine opened its doors in Dothan. The two newcomers join the state's older medical schools at UAB and the University of South Alabama. And they are aiming to add doctors to the state's rural communities.
Earn respect as a leader
Harvard Business Review
How would you be perceived in your organization's meritocracy? Ask yourself if you command respect because people have to respect you or, rather, because you've truly earned respect. Many people aspire to titles because that forces others to respect them. But this is the lowest form of respect, especially if the person you're receiving respect from is more junior than you or works at a lower rung in the bureaucracy. Respect has to be earned. It's not about a title.
Doctors largely unprepared to treat patients on autism spectrum
A new survey finds many healthcare providers admittedly know little about how to care for adults with autism. Of 922 providers surveyed, 77 percent rated their ability to treat patients on the spectrum as poor or fair. The findings were reported at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City this month.
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