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ASPE Conference, Indianapolis
With over 310 members in attendance, the ASPE 2014 Conference in Indianapolis was a resounding success. Not only was the conference well attended, it was well received thanks to the hard work and careful planning of the ASPE Conference Committee lead by Cathy Smith, Grace Gephardt and the ASPE Administration team. This year, over 17 presentations were led by invited educators in SP Methodology in addition to the offerings of a plethora of workshops and posters reflecting topics such as Interprofessional Education, Hybrid Simulation, Mannequin based simulation, SP Training Techniques, Nursing Education, GTA MUTA, Technology Innovations, Research, Debriefing and much more.
In the wake of the conference, keep your eyes open for ASPE e-News as it will now arrive every two weeks (on Tuesdays) and feature portions of conference events as attending members submit reflections, summaries and highlights of their experiences. You can look forward to learning about TWO outstanding Educator of the Year awardees, in addition to a variety of award winning abstracts and publications.
See the ASPE website for more information at www.aspeducators.org.
International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference
Magic in Orlando
Standardized Patient methodology was well represented at the INASCL conference June 19-21 in Orlando, Florida, with over 24 poster and workshop/presentations scheduled that mentioned or focused on the inclusion of SPs in nursing simulation education projects.
According to the recent INACSL newsletter, the 13th Annual INACSL Conference offered over 750 attendees more than 100 sessions focusing on clinical simulation, a keynote presentation by John Nance, an engaging plenary session with Dr. Fredrick Southwick and a thought provoking endnote by Carol Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, INACSL president. All three speakers brought a cohesive message that in preparing the next generation of healthcare practitioners, we have to examine ways to enhance teamwork, collaboration and communication to enhance patient safety. Simulation and interprofessional education are two important components of this necessary preparation.
All Together Better Health Conference
The "All Together Better Health Conference" made its U.S. debut this June in Pittsburgh. ASPE was well represented at the conference with poster and workshop presentations from several ASPE members including:
Keiko Abe, Nagoya University, Japan
Hollis Day, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, U.S.
Cathy Smith, Toronto, On, Canada
Valerie Fulmer, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, U.S.
Dawn Schocken, University of Southern Florida Health, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Jim Carlson, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, U.S.
The Long Awaited Virtual Learning Center is back in business!
By Connie Coralli
The ASPE website has been undergoing an extensive renovation, and I'm happy to announce that the Virtual Learning Center Document Resource Bank is up and running again. The Document Resource Bank will be a repository of useful documents and information submitted by ASPE peers. Check out the four "Case Templates" under the "Case and Case Development" category.
George Washington University updates simulation skills center
George Washington University
It wasn't all that long ago that medical students, physician assistant students and others training in the allied health fields relied on the nearly 1,000-page Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking to learn the crucial examining skills. Since those "dark days" a little more than two decades ago, simulation has swept the medical education world. Like the practice of medicine itself, simulation has both a human side and a technological side.
The patient will see you now
Washington University in St. Louis
Ed Reggi happily reports that, since 2009, he has suffered from tuberculosis, bouts of depression, stomach ulcers, acid reflux, diabetes, sleep apnea, migraines, night sweats, chest pains and high blood pressure. He looks forward to developing many more ailments in the coming years. Committed to helping medical students become better doctors, he is one of nearly 70 local professional actors working as standardized patients at Washington University School of Medicine.
The power of social dynamics at work
Creating an ideal work environment requires talent leaders to consider many questions. The most critical among them: Why do many talented employees fail to get along with their bosses? What is the difference between leaders and managers? How does work get done? What are the best work optimization strategies? How can an office's layout influence the relationships between employees and bosses? The answers to these questions come from understanding social dynamics and behaviors in the workplace.
Study: Doctors need more classroom time for learning new surgical tools
Innovations in surgical tools are important, but a new study published in JAMA Surgery suggests more time be spent on learning how to use the technology before its transition to the operating room. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found an unsettling link between increased use of new surgery equipment and a higher risk of patient harm.
Evolution: From manager to leader
Managers don't wake up on a Monday morning and become leaders. It's an evolutionary process. While some leadership qualities may be inherent within an individual, others can be learned. Those who aren't natural-born leaders will need time to develop leadership skills and techniques to transform from order-givers to true leaders. They also need time to try their newly acquired skills in the real world to gauge their effectiveness.
Simulated patients go beyond acting to teach real-world scenarios
Jennifer Burkeen sat on the exam table holding her pregnant belly with a confused expression as she was told about testing positive for Group B streptococcus. "What?" she asked. It's a bacterial infection found in 25 percent of healthy women and requires antibiotic treatment at the time of delivery. Burkeen was paid about $20 an hour for that visit. In reality, she was wearing a pillow for a baby bump and holds a master's degree in biomedical science.
Book roundup for public speakers
The pile of books by my desk has become a block to the fire escape, so it's time to read and review some of them for the insights that they offer public speakers and communicators in general, Nick Morgan writes. Following are quick takes on seven that you may find helpful.
Interprofessional education: Learning patient-centered care
Skyler Field was having a terrible day. She was set to be discharged from the hospital after a routine hip surgery but fell while unattended in her room. The new injury nullifies the discharge plan that had been carefully crafted by her surgeon, nurse, occupational therapist and pharmacist, and now they must assess the patient and create a new one. That was the simulation scenario confronting 110 students taking part in the new "Interprofessional Education" event.
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