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ASPE 2014 Plenary Speaker Walter Eppich
By Angela Blood, Rush University
At this year's annual meeting, one of ASPE's invited plenary speakers was Walter J. Eppich, MD, MEd, of Northwestern University. Dr. Eppich is well-known in the simulation community for his expertise and scholarship related to debriefing, or facilitating discussion and feedback following a simulation exercise.
Reflections on simulation patient methodology: A pillar of the healthcare simulation community
By Darlene Self, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Dr. Debra Nestel began her presentation by reflecting on a career that spans many disciplines as well as numerous pathways that patients must negotiate as they navigate through the complex healthcare systems. Her career spans 30 years and consists of multiple milestones associated with her experiences in simulated patient methodology. During this time, she has seen the expansion of SPs from one-on-one interactions into team-based interprofessional simulations.
ASPE Educator of the Year: Wendy Gammon
Wendy Gammon is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMMS and the Director of the Standardized Patient Program. With the educational background of English and a M.Ed., Wendy came to SP work in the 1989. Her roots as an SP and trainer in the early '90s has directed her program for the past 23 years, embracing multiple innovations while maintaining very high standards.
ASPE Rising SP Educator Award: Carrie Bohnert
Our emerging leader for 2014, Carrie Bohnert, has attended ASPE conferences since 2008 and presented many workshops and oral abstracts at each of these meetings. She has worked with the NBME in OSCE case writing and is an active member of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Society for Public Administration.
ASPE Website & Social Media Committee: ASPE News Update
By Angela D. Blood, Rush University Medical College
As many of you are aware, the progress on the ASPE website has not been steady. Our committee members, and ASPE members in general, have been frustrated with the slow pace of progress and it's been an ongoing problem for quite a while. Finally, we are making real progress. The ASPE BOD asked for a hard and fast deadline this July from KW, our management firm, and we are seeing real results.
By Alba Woolard, Eastern Virginia Medical School
One of the many great perks of being a member of ASPE is having access to monthly webinars! Invitations to the webinars are sent to all of ASPE membership via email. These emails will have descriptions of the individual webinars and instructions for joining via GoToWebinar. The next webinar, Advanced Learner-Centered Feedback Coaching Skills, is scheduled for Aug. 26.
ASPE member Dr. James Carlson appointed as Dean of the College of Health Professions at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
As announced to faculty and staff by Wendy Rheault, Rosalind Franklin University
"I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James Carlson as Dean of the College of Health Professions. Dr. Carlson has served the university for 13 years in various roles. He is currently the Vice Dean for CHP, providing leadership and support for the college's programs, students, faculty and staff. He also leads the Department of Healthcare Simulation where he has worked to develop and integrate state-of-the-art simulation based training into the clinical programs at the university."
TED Talk: 'On Being Present, Not Perfect'
By Elaine C. Meyer, Ph.D., R.N.
The conversations that matter most in healthcare are often the most difficult. From conveying serious diagnoses and disclosing medical errors, to ethical quandaries surrounding end-of-life care, these conversations are the bedrock of the patient-healthcare provider relationship. When they go poorly, patients' health outcomes, trust, and satisfaction with care can suffer.
Fake patients let medical students practice on underserved populations
Going to the doctor is not typically at the top of anyone's want-to-do-list, especially for teenagers, who are considered an underserved population in healthcare. But adolescence is considered a critical time for physicians to connect with young patients as they confront risky behaviors. To build stronger relationships with teens, medical students are increasingly training with simulated, or so-called "standardized patients" for practice.
Report: Big changes are needed in how doctors are trained
NPR/Kaiser Health News
The way American doctors are trained needs to be overhauled, an expert panel recommended, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.
The drawn-out medical degree
The New York Times
Should medical education be shorter? The answer is yes, at least according to administrators at many of America's leading medical schools. The idea may conjure up images of clueless residents Googling symptoms on their smartphones at the patient's bedside, but advocates insist that time spent in school can be trimmed without shortchanging education or compromising quality of care. And they say there are compelling reasons to speed up the process: to reduce the crushing debt many face by eliminating a year's tuition and allowing doctors to start careers, and earn money, earlier.
Hospitals fight proposed changes in the training of doctors
NPR/Kaiser Health News
An influential report that urges sweeping changes in how the federal government subsidizes the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately affected.
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